I’m excited to announce that I’ve entered a contract with Darton, Longman, & Todd to publish my first book, How to Live Christianly: Kierkegaard for the Present Age! This will be available in the US, UK, & Australia in Spring 2018!
I have long been captivated by the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard, and his work has become the center of my research. One of the many valuable assets of Kierkegaard’s philosophy is it’s not the usual engagement of abstract ideas, but the application of ideas to how we live. In his book, Point of View for my Work as an Author, Kierkegaard stated that his entire authorship could be summed up in the question of how to become a Christian.
Kierkegaard’s question is both personal, and ironic. His homeland of Denmark was Christendom, where everyone was “Christian” due to nationality. Through the course of his work, he engaged many of the same conversations and topics Christians today are facing. Unlike the constant yelling in our world, Kierkegaard has operated as a guide through the difficult questions we ask ourselves and others, all with the focus of a Christian framework. In his essay, “The Present Age” from which the title of my book is adapted, Kierkegaard writes, “A revolutionary age is an age of action; ours is the age of advertisement and publicity. Nothing ever happens but there is immediate publicaity everywhere.” This stunning statement, that at first glance one would think was spoken in 2016, offers to serve as a launchpad into a deeper understanding of where we find and place value. Our society is one where everything is posted and immediately critiqued. What would happen if we instead looked inward, contemplated significance for our lives, and the pursued action together?
My goal is to bring Kierkegaard into our conversations. Kierkegaard’s writing can be a bit baffling. I hope to make him approachable while also challenging us with the same question on how to live as Christians in our pluralist culture.
After the recent American presidential election, I cannot help but notice the divisions and hurt that permeate our world. Everything is loud and everyone is yelling. I ask myself, how can we do this better? In looking foward, I find myself looking back to Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard was certainly for his age, but he is likewise here for our present age.
I’m so excited about this project, and look foward to sharing it with you more over the next year & its publication in Spring 2018.