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Martens, Paul Henry

Works: 12 works in 31 publications in 1 language and 1,645 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Paul Henry Martens
Reading Kierkegaard I : fear and trembling by Paul Henry Martens( )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his posthumously published Journals and Papers,, Kierkegaard boldly claimed, "Oh, once I am dead, Fear and Trembling alone will be enough for an imperishable name as an author. Then it will be read, translated into foreign languages as well. The reader will almost shrink from the frightful pathos in the book." Certainly, Fear and Trembling has been translated into foreign languages, and its fame has ensured Kierkegaard's place in the pantheon of Western philosophy. Today, however, most shrink from the book not because of its frightful pathos but because of its fearsome impenetrability. In this first volume of a Reading Kierkegaard miniseries, Martens carefully unfolds the form and content of Kierkegaard's celebrated pseudonymous text, guiding and inviting the reader to embrace the challenge of wrestling with it to the end. Throughout, Martens demonstrates that Fear and Trembling is not merely a book that contains frightful pathos; it is also an entree into Kierkegaard's vibrant and polyphonic corpus that is nearly as restless as the faith it commends. (Publisher)
Nonviolence : a brief history : the Warsaw lectures by John Howard Yoder( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects eleven lectures on Christian pacifism given by John Howard Yoder in Warsaw, Poland, in 1983
Kierkegaard and Christian faith by Richard Bauckham( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kierkegaard and Christian Faith responds directly to the perennial and problematic concern of how to read Kierkegaard. Specifically, this volume presses the question of whether the existentialist philosopher, who so troubled the waters of nineteenth-century Danish Christendom, is a "Christian thinker for "our" time." The chapters crisscross the disciplines of philosophy, theology, literature, and ethics, and are as rich in argument as they are diverse in style. Collectively the chapters demonstrate a principled agreement that Kierkegaard continues to be relevant, even imperative. "Kierkegaard and Christian Faith" reveals just how Kierkegaard's work both defines and reconfigures what is meant by "Christian thinker." Following an autobiographical prologue by Kathleen Norris, this volume gathers the chapters in pairs around crucial themes: the use of philosophy (Merold Westphal and C. Stephen Evans), revelation and authority (Richard Bauckham and Paul J. Griffiths), Christian character (Sylvia Walsh and Ralph C. Wood), the relationship between the church and the world (Jennifer A. Herdt and Paul Martens), and moral questions of forgiveness and love (Simon D. Podmore and Cyril O Regan). The volume underscores the centrality of Christianity to Kierkegaard s life and thought, and rightly positions Kierkegaard as a profound challenge to Christianity as it is understood and practiced today --
Essential writings by John Howard Yoder( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revolutionary Christianity : the 1966 South American lectures by John Howard Yoder( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflecting and also subverting the acknowledged "faddish" attempt to address the revolutionary nature of Christianity, these lectures provide an illuminating snapshot of Yoder's vibrant initial encounter with Latin American Christianity. In these lectures, he thematically addresses the shape of the free church, the Christian practice of peace, and the place of the church in the midst of revolution. In a manner that betrays his confidence in the eventual triumph of faithfulness, Yoder concludes that the peace-witnessing free church is, by definition, always the community that is the soul and conscience of our revolutionary age
The heterodox Yoder by Paul Henry Martens( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Heterodox Yoder provides a critical rereading of Yoder's corpus through his own conviction that discipleship is, most basically, ethics. Tracing the development of Yoder's theological foundations through to their final role in redefining Jewish-Christian and ecumenical relations, this volume explains why the appropriation and use of the language of politics eventually constrains Yoder's ethical vision to the point that it reframes Christianity within the limits of social ethics alone. Because this vision self-consciously excludes or, at best, relativizes many of the claims of orthodox Christianity (including but not limited to the ecumenical creeds), Martens concludes that Yoder's Christian ethic is best described as heterodox
Toward Kierkegaard's Trinitarian exegesis : clarifying the divine-human relationship(s) present in the 'reading' of Scripture by Paul Henry Martens( )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legitimacy of the comic : Kierkegaard and the importance of the comic for his ethics and theology by Will Williams( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While some consider the comic to be a trivial subject, fit mainly for amusement or distraction, Søren Kierkegaard disagrees. This dissertation examines Kierkegaard's understanding of the nature of the comic and how he believes even the triviality of comic jest to be deeply tied to ethical and theological earnestness. First, I examine Kierkegaard's understanding of the comic, irony, and humor, drawing primarily from Concluding Unscientific Postscript (1846). I argue that, for Kierkegaard, the comic is a contradiction or misrelation that is essentially though not absolutely painless, providing a "way out." The comic is a contradiction between norms, suggesting that it springs from one's perspective in a way that holds important implications for one's ethical and theological worldview. Kierkegaard believes that subjective development is closely tied to one's capacity to perceive the comic, making the comic both diagnostic of and formative for one's subjective state. For him, the Christian is far from humorless, instead having the maximum human capacity to perceive the comic. Next, I show that the previously argued conception of the comic can be found in other works by Kierkegaard: Prefaces (1844), Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits (1847), and the Corsair affair (c.1845-1848). Then, I examine representatives of the Deconstructionist tradition of reading Kierkegaard, namely Louis Mackey, Roger Poole, Elsebet Jegstrup, and Mark C. Taylor. I argue that, while they accurately perceive the widespread irony in Kierkegaard's corpus, they incorrectly conclude that such irony is a sign of his lack of earnest interest in philosophy and theology. Their conclusion stems from a misunderstanding of what Kierkegaard believes the nature of irony to be. Finally, I consider two contemporary representatives of the tradition of reading Kierkegaard theologically, namely Murray Rae and W. Glenn Kirkconnell. I argue that, while their instincts regarding Kierkegaard are generally preferable to those of the Deconstructionist tradition, they lack the latter's awareness of Kierkegaard's use of the comic and willingness to let it influence their conclusions. Their already significant arguments would, I suggest, be strengthened and extended with an increased appreciation for the legitimate function that Kierkegaard believes the comic to play for ethics and theology
God and the duty to love : Kierkegaard's Christian critique of Kant's moral interpretation of the command to love the neighbour by Paul Henry Martens( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spiritual writings by John Howard Yoder( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dying to : Kierkegaard, Christian ethics, and the negative by Paul Henry Martens( )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

God and the duty of love : Kierkegaard's Christian critique of Kant's moral interpretation of the command to love the neighbour by Paul Henry Martens( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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