Although he is t always recognised as such, Soren Kierkegaard has been an important ally for Catholic theologians in the early twentieth century. Moreover, understanding this relationship and its origins offers valuable resources and insights to contemporary Catholic theology. Of course, there are some negative preconceptions to overcome. Historically, some Catholic readers have been suspicious of Kierkegaard, viewing him as an irrational Protestant irreconcilably at odds with Catholic thought. Nevertheless, the favourable mention of Kierkegaard in John Paul II's Fides et Ratio is an indication that Kierkegaard's writings are t so easily dismissed. Catholic Theology after Kierkegaard investigates the writings of emblematic Catholic thinkers in the twentieth century to assess their substantial engagement with Kierkegaard's writings. Joshua Furnal argues that Kierkegaard's writings have stimulated reform and renewal in twentieth-century Catholic theology, and should continue to do s
Joshua Furnal is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology in the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies at Radboud University, the Netherlands. Previously, he was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Leslie Center for the Humanities and a Lecturer in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College (USA), and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Durham University (UK) in the Department of Theology and Religion.