The Divided Soul: A Kierkegaardian Exploration
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
“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.
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