Theology After Christendom


In 1850, nearing the end of his writing career, Soren Kierkegaard published the book that he regarded as his most personal and his most important. 
Training in Christianity was his summation of “what it meant to be a Christian.” It culminated his ongoing feud with an established church that, he believed, had betrayed Christianity by aligning its teachings with the values and institutions of European culture. “Christendom has done away with Christianity, without being quite aware of it,” he charged. This group will meet to discuss Kierkegaard’s ideas about Christian life in a post-Christian culture, asking what relevance his ideas might have for students today.  It will also consider his proposals for “introducing Christianity into Christendom.” Our short readings will include selections from his Attack on Christendom.

Dates: Friday afternoons on 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3

Time: 12:00-1:30pm

Discussion and Reading Schedule:

4/5: Christianity and Secular History: pp. 5-10, 18-23.
4/12: Christianity and Secular Knowledge: pp. 26-31, 57-62.
4/26: Christianity and Paganism: pp. 92-103.
5/3: Christianity and the Church Militant: pp. 180-195.

Location: Berkeley Institute, 2134 Allston Way

**This seminar is free and open to all Cal, GTU, and St. Mary’s students.

Matthew Rose
Director and Senior Fellow, Berkeley Institute

Emily Kinnaman
Undergraduate at UC Berkeley

Simon Kuang
Undergraduate at UC Berkeley