"A brief overview and helpful introduction to what is probably Kierkegaard's most read and most puzzling text. It wisely locates this telling of the Abraham story within Kierekgaard's larger 'attack upon Christendom,' his critique of the Danish church for making faith too easy and the closely related Hegelian philosophy for making faith too 'reasonable.' It nicely specifies the distinctive way in which biblical faith is 'absurd' or 'paradoxical.'"
--Merold Westphal, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Fordham University
"Paul Martens' volume performs a colossal feat: it simultaneously clarifies Kierkegaard's elusive text while it preserves its unsettling passion and mystery. Reading Kierkegaard I both orients new readers to Kierkegaard's provocative understanding of faith, and offers novel insights to seasoned scholars. Most significantly, Martens shows how Fear and Trembling consistently distinguishes authentic faith from conformity to societal norms, and how faith paradoxically combines the resignation of earthly well-being and the joyful acceptance of earthly blessings."
--Lee C. Barrett, The Henry and Mary Stager Professor of Systematic Theology, Lancaster Theological Seminary
"Fear and Trembling is often the first of Kierkegaard's famous books a non-specialist reader encounters, but it is also famously daunting. Paul Martens proves himself a wise guide to Fear and Trembling, for he accomplishes what may seem impossible: removing intellectual obstacles to understanding the 'internal logic' of Kierkegaard's reflection on Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac, but at the same time never minimizing the book's daunting challenge to the gift and task that is faith."
--David J. Gouwens, Brite Divinity School
"As a Kierkegaard scholar, I am all too aware that many students first encounter Kierkegaard through Fear and Trembling, a pseudonymous text that is not only difficult to read but disquieting in its conclusions. What distinguishes Paul Martens' new commentary on Fear and Trembling is that it confronts these challenges head-on, while never forgetting that Kierkegaard's masterwork is meant to be provocative, perhaps even (as Kierkegaard himself put it) 'terrifying.'"
--Christopher B. Barnett, Associate Professor, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Villanova University