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  • Paperback: 109 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (18 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281059861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281059867
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 696,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Vardy started out as a Chartered Accountant, becoming chairman of UK listed companies before he was 30. Following the birth of his children he started a Theology degree at King's College London, a degree which soon became an MA and then a PhD on the concept of Eternity, supervised by Stewart Sutherland. After a PGCE, Peter became a lecturer at Heythrop College, accompanying it when it became part of the University of London. He became Vice Principal in 1999, the first Anglican to hold such a senior position. Also in the late 1990s Peter began writing books for undergraduates, with the aim of reinvigorating his subject area. The Puzzle of God and The Puzzle of Ethics remain bestselling titles twenty years later, particularly popular with the generations of RS and Philosophy teachers and their proteges who also frequent Peter's conferences for Sixth Formers, which attract in excess of 10,000 people every year in the UK and more in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. Known for his amazing collection of colourful jumpers, his coffin/coffee table, his love of Harry Potter and Pooh Bear - and those videos - Peter is often credited with contributing to the resurgence in the popularity of Religious Studies and Philosophy in schools and universities. Theology wrote "Peter Vardy is a gifted communicator. He is the best popularizer of the philosophy of religion currently working in Britain..."

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'This is a fascinating introduction to Kierkegaard's prophetic insights into the nature of Christian faith, insights which we desperately need to ponder today.' --Gerard Hughes, author of God of Surprises and God in All Things

'Peter Vardy is a gifted communicator. He is the best popularizer of the philosophy of religion currently working in Britain.' --Theology

'Kierkegaard's writings have fascinated and challenged many of the twentieth century's greatest thinkers. In this most readable book, Peter Vardy skilfully unfolds why this is so . . . while at the same time relating Kierkegaard's profound religious insights to many pressing issues with which people of the twenty-first century need to engage.' --James Kidner, Director, The Coexist Foundation

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Dr. Peter Vardy is Vice Principal of Heythrop College, London. He is the author of the bestselling books The Puzzle of God, The Puzzle of Ethics (Harper Collins), Being Human (DLT) and The Thinkers Guide to Evil and The Thinkers Guide to God (John Hunt).

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Nim on 30 Dec. 2011
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I read this book about 3 years ago, when I was 16 years old.
I found reading Kierkegaard a bit difficult (I started with 'Fear and Trembling')
But is was extremely interested in his writings and his life in general.
Peter Vardy provides a fantastic introduction to Kierkegaards life and teachings.
I learnt so much from this book looking back at it now, and I flick through the book now and again to remind myself of the fantastic messages Kierkegaard presented to humanity. It was a good time to philosophise and think about the issues that Kierkegaard raised.

Vardy outlines the several key points which Kierkegaard focused on during his lifetime through his works.
Such as the notion which faith is greater than reason, which is commonly rejected today, but this is an essential maxim to understand.
Kierkegaard's genius in his 'Three Stages of Life' (aesthetic, ethical and religious) where he tackles the problems which the aesthetic and ethical which leads to despair where the religious remains the highest and worthy.
Kierkegaard has a presents Abrahams sacrifice to of Isaac and analyses it in various angles to study the notion of living in a relationship with God, presenting Abraham the title of 'the Knight of Faith'.
Works of Love is presented and broken down for the reader to understand the unconditional love of Christianity.
But alongside this is the superb life story of Kierkegaard himself, who continues to be a influential figure to society today.

Yes the book is highly theistic and speaks much of Christian ideals, but Kierkegaard's work is considered to be pivotal in existential thought and Christian theology.
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Actually an awesome book! 30 Jun. 2013
By Lion's Den - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this for my intro to philosophy class last year! I thought it would be just another book I had to get through but this was actually a powerful read! It goes just far enough into some of Kierkegaard's thoughts without getting too heavy but it allows you to really mine some of the golden nuggets which he does have to offer! Be blessed!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Intro to an Important Christian Thinker 24 Feb. 2011
By bronx book nerd - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent introduction to one of the great and influential minds in Christian thought. Peter Vardy explains in a very clear style exactly what Kierkegaard believed about the Christian life. Vardy provides sound footing for anyone who is interested in pursuing Kierkegaard's original works or one of the biographies that detail this very interesting man's life. I both agree and disagree with Kierkegaard's position on Christian "aloneness". Yes, ultimately the quality, depth and authenticity of a person's relationship with God are a strictly personal and "lonely" thing. However, insofar as living the Christian life, it is very clear to me that this is done with and through other people, and is a reflection of the nature of the Holy Trinity - three persons in one God. Even hermits are living their isolated lives in the service of the Christian community. I also find Kierkegaard's positioning of faith above reason as particularly satisfying. This may be seen as a cop out by atheists and others who will accept only a rational explanation for the existence of God or of Christ's divinity. I think that Kierkegaard is ultimately right - either you accept through faith the Absolute Paradox, or you do not. Once again, I fully endorse this book as an excellent introduction to one of the great minds in Christian thought.
good book 2 Jan. 2014
By Jack - Published on Amazon.com
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Good summation of Kierkegaard's philosophy, written at a level accessible to the philosophy beginner. Look forward to reading more by this author
Finally, I understand SK! 10 Mar. 2014
By Formerly known as E195A - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read Kierkegaard's writings and I've read books about Kierkegaard's writings. Vardy's "Introduction" is accessible (something SK rarely is!) and, more importantly, enjoyable and persuasive.
Concise and Clear 16 Jan. 2014
By jon - Published on Amazon.com
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Very accessible and concise introduction to Kierkegaard's thought. I would recommend to anyone looking to for a brief overview of his voluminous writings.
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