Pascal and Kierkegaard: A Study in the Strategy of Evangelism (Volume II)

By Denzil G.M. Patrick

Volume II of a major study in the strategy of Christian evangelism as developed by two major figures, incorporating biographical studies of both its subjects.

ISBN: 9780227172100


A two-volume study in the strategy of Christian evangelism as developed by two of its greatest exponents, set in the framework of biographical studies. Volume I covers the life and thought of Blaise Pascal, while Volume II covers the life and thought of Søren Kierkegaard, each volume standing in their own right as scholarly contributions to the literature of their respective subjects.

Although far separated in time and tradition, Pascal and Kierkegaard both insisted that self-complacent humanity needs first to be disturbed, and then comforted, by the Gospel.

Most of the book is occupied by a thorough review of the lives and works of the two men, in such a way as to ring out their significant place in the spiritual history of modern Europe. But the author’s purpose throughout is not merely biographical. He goes on to compare the conception and execution of their evangelistic tasks in a way which brings out the remarkable consensus between them; and in an epilogue he draws conclusions relating this historical study to the tasks and methods of modern evangelism.

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About the Author

Dr Denzil Patrick was a Theological Secretary of the British Student Christian Movement, a World’s Student Christian Federation Secretary, a Secretary of the World’s Alliance of YMCAs, and a collaborator of the World Council of Churches.


Part Two: Søren Kierkegaard
I. The World He Lived In
II. The Life of Søren Kierkegaard: Part I, 1813-1838
III. The Life of Søren Kierkegaard: Part II, 1838-1848
IV. The Life of Søren Kierkegaard: Part III, 1848-1853
V. The Life of Søren Kierkegaard: Part IV, 1853-1855
VI. The Problem of Becoming a Christian
VII. The Attack on Romantic Aestheticism
VIII. The Attack on Speculative Idealism
IX. Back to Christianity!
X. Attack and Appeal
XI. Kierkegaard’s Significance as a Champion of Christianity

Part Three: Pascal and Kierkegaard as Christian Strategists
I. The Men and Their Times
II. Bringing Man to Face the Issues of Life
III. Leading Man into the Presense of God
IV. The Cross of Jesus Christ

Epilogue: Towards a Strategy for Evangelism for Today
I. The Relevance of the Present Study to the Issues of the Hour
II. The Split in Reality
III. The Spirit of the Age as Anti-Christ
IV. A Strategy for Evangelism

Index of Names
Index of Subjects