Attacks on Christendom in a World Come of Age
Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, and the Question of "Religionless Christianity"
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Kierkegaard and Bonhoeffer are undoubtedly two of the greatest figures of modern theology, and there has been much speculation and suggestion as to the influence of the one on the other. However, Kirkpatrick is the first to have documented the scope of Bonhoeffer's reading of Kierkegaard and laid the foundations for a proper scholarly assessment of their relationship, including recognition of their differences. But he does more than this, since he goes on to explore the interweaving of shared themes in their two bodies of work and to show how they combine to offer both a powerful critique of conventional Christianity and a vision for the renewal of Christian discipleship. Kirkpatrick's work is an excellent example of how to combine Christian commitment and scholarly rigor and may be strongly commended to all contemporary Christians who are seriously concerned about the church's uncertain, intellectual response to modernity."
Christ Church, Oxford
"Finally we have a book on Kierkegaard and Bonhoeffer that reflects a comprehensive study of both men, thereby providing a solid basis for future research in the area as well as identifying in the two a powerful, shared voice for speaking to today's world."
--Andrew J. Burgess
Professor of Philosophy Emeritus
The University of New Mexico
"Matthew Kirkpatrick's comprehensive study of the amazing spiritual connectedness of these two giants in religious literature stands out as one of the most important contributions to Bonhoeffer scholarship to appear in recent years … Kirkpatrick's book is the most comprehensive study of these two inspirational writers, offering a comprehensive analysis of their authorships, and demonstrating the profound influence Kierkegaard could exert on the hero of German resistance. Matthew Kirkpatrick has achieved an original and substantial contribution not only to scholarship on the writings of these two seminal thinkers but also to the history of Christian thought in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries."
--Geffrey B. Kelly's Foreword