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Kierkegaard, Søren (1813–1855)

Søren Kierkegaard was a 19th-century Danish philosopher and theologian who produced some of the most influential works in existential philosophy and modern Protestant Christian theology. He combined these two discourses to articulate three hierarchical modes of existence that incite Christians to live a radically religious life. He offers Abraham, with his total devotion to his faith in God, as one exemplar of such a life in his famed reading of Abraham's near sacrifice of his son Isaac in Genesis 22.

Kierkegaard's youth was spent attending parties, operas, and the theater and spending money freely on clothes and drink, but he became more serious following his father's death in 1838 and eventually wrote his academic thesis, The Concept of Irony. He studied philosophy in Berlin, where

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