Through hermeneutics of suspicion to a rediscovery of faith: Kierkegaard’s pamphlet ”What Christ Judges of Official Christianity” in relation to Ricœur’s ”Religion, Atheism and Faith”

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Ricœur argued that the critique of religion developed by the three modern masters of a hermeneutics of suspicion–Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud–is liberating insofar as it makes possible a mature faith. In the first part of the article, I explore this issue in relation to Kierkegaard. In the second part of the article, I discuss how Kierkegaard uses a biblical critique of religion, particularly the figure of the prophet, in his final attack on the church in his pamphlet “What Christ Judges of Official Christianity”. Through my investigation of the role of a hermeneutics of suspicion in Kierkegaard’s rediscovery of faith, I aim to question Ricœur’s dichotomy between an external, atheistic hermeneutics of suspicion versus an internal hermeneutics of faith.

Original languageEnglish
JournalStudia Theologica
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)198-216
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018

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