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This essay examines texts from Kierkegaard's signed and pseudonymous authorship on immortality and the resurrection, challenging the received opinion that Kierkegaard's account of eternal life merely connotes a temporal, existential modality of experience as a present eternity. Kierkegaard's thoughts on immortality are more complicated than this reading allows. I demonstrate that Kierkegaard's ideas on the afterlife emerge out of a context in which the topic had been vigorously debated in both Germany and Denmark for more than a decade. In responding to these debates, Kierkegaard establishes a “new argument” for immortality that stands as a robust account of the Christian resurrection and highlights the power of a personal God at the center of life, death, and post-mortem existence.

Keywords: Kierkegaard; eschatology; grace; immortality; judgment; resurrection

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Religion DepartmentFlorida State UniversityDodd Hall M05Tallahassee, FL 32306850.644.1020, Email:

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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