The Divided Soul: A Kierkegaardian Exploration
 Clifford Williams
 Wipf & Stock, 2009

 
 
 
Soren Kierkegaard's Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing is an astute analysis of inner
dividedness. In this striking little book, Kierkegaard gently yet incisively specifies the
precise forms it takes. Like many of Kierkegaard's books, however, Purity of Heart
contains a good deal of formidable prose.

The aim of The Divided Soul: A Kierkegaardian Exploration is to make Kierkegaard's
scrutiny of our inner terrain in Purity of Heart accessible and inviting. With clear, direct
prose, Clifford Williams lays bare Kierkegaard's discerning descriptions of the tension
between a desire for goodness and resistance to goodness. Williams then reflects on
themes arising from Kierkegaard's conception of faith.

"In this beautifully written little book, full of apt illustrations, Cliff Williams has made
the riches of Kierkegaard's thought about the divided self come alive for the ordinary
reader. No one can read it without meeting him or herself again again in its pages."          
                 –Robert C. Roberts, Distinguished Professor of Ethics, Baylor University


A Quote:

“Kierkegaard is largely missing in American religion. I don't think there's enough
brooding going on.”   – Alan Wolfe in an interview in Books and Culture (March/April,
2004), p. 19.


Also by Clifford Williams:

Singleness of Heart: Restoring the Divided Soul

The Wisdom of Kierkegaard: A Collection of Quotations on Faith and Life

Existential Reasons for Belief in God: A Defense of Desires and Emotions for Faith


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