Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Print

Call for Proposals

This Group invites proposals for three sessions:

  • Memory and the ethics of forgiveness — in Practice in Christianity (Trans. by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong. Princeton University Press, 1991). Kierkegaard writes that when, in deep distress, one hopes to escape embittering memories, one must remember something different, namely Jesus Christ, to learn about forgiveness. Elsewhere Kierkegaard commends the "forgetting" that forgiveness of sins makes possible. How can Kierkegaard’s account of traumatic memories, forgiveness, and forgetting contribute to our understanding of how religious ideals can inform the reparation of memory?
  • Kierkegaard and contemporary French thought — for a cosponsored session with the Theology and Continental Philosophy Group. In view of the comment in Fear and Trembling (Everyman’s Library, 1994) that no generation goes further than another and every generation shares the same task of faith, how is Kierkegaard’s thought related to that of contemporary French thinkers?
  • Søren Kierkegaard and Karl Barth — for a cosponsored session with the Karl Barth Society. Proposals may address any aspect of the relation of the thought of these two thinkers.


This Group seeks to explore the significance of the religious thought and ethics of Kierkegaard for contemporary culture in its various aspects — social, political, ecclesiastical, theological, philosophical, and aesthetic.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are visible to Chairs but anonymous to steering committee members.


David J. Gouwens
Brite Divinity School
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Sylvia Walsh
Stetson University
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Method of Submission