Simon D. Podmore claims that becoming a self before God is both a divine gift and an anxious obligation. Before we can kw God, or ourselves, we must come to a moment of recognition. How this comes to be, as well as the terms of such ackwledgment, are worked out in Podmore's powerful new reading of Kierkegaard. As he gives full consideration to Kierkegaard's writings, Podmore explores themes such as despair, anxiety, melancholy, and spiritual trial, and how they are broken by the triumph of faith, forgiveness, and the love of God. He confronts the abyss between the self and the divine in order to understand how we can come to kw ourselves in relation to a God who is apparently so wholly Other.
Simon D. Podmore is Gordon Milburn Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford. He has published in Literature and Theology, Journal of Psychology & Theology, and International Kierkegaard Commentary. He is also the Secretary of the Soren Kierkegaard Society of the United Kingdom.