Download ebook: Kierkegaard’s Provocations

Kierkegaard's ProvocationsI’ve always been amazed by publishers (and software guys) who release their stuff for free. Maybe one day I too will be able to walk in their footsteps (but I know it’s not easy!). Anyway, I’ve had this link for a long time, and just forgot to share it. It’s an amazing collection of devotional material by Soren Kierkegaard, in a compilation by Charles Moore called Provocations.

The entire book is filled with long and short illustrations and selections from a angry-young-philosopher… who is as critical about luke-warm Christianity as he is about people who think they can do without God. The style is passionate, energetic and mind-shaking. Do download this book (it’s legal!) and give it a look in, and see whether Kierkegaard impresses you as he has countless students/scholars/pastors/seekers before us.

While usually the book is geared to an open audience, ie. to Christians and those of other faiths, I personally think that Kierkegaard makes most sense to Christians, both nominal and committed. He hard-hittingly critiques Christians for losing their passion for God, who passionately loved us.

Outside the Christian circle, Kierkegaard may come across as a Christian-basher, with intersting devotional insights. But I would urge, most of all, Christians to take his words seriously.

The ebook can be downloaded from the following link.  http://www.plough.com/ebooks/pdfs/Provocations.pdf

Below is a selection that I have excerpted from the page that introduces the book:

There are few authors as repeatedly quoted and consistently unread as Soren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard himself is partly to blame for this: his style is dense, his thoughts complex. And yet embedded within his writings and journals are metaphors and truths so deep and vivid, they can overwhelm you with an almost blinding clarity.

Divided into six sections, Provocations contains a little of everything from Kierkegaard’s prodigious output, including his wryly humorous attacks on what he calls the “mediocre shell” of conventional Christianity, his brilliantly pithy parables, his amazing insights on the human condition, and his incisive attempts to dig through the fluff of theological jargon and clear a way for the basics: decisiveness, obedience, passion, and recognition of the truth.

Provocations is a must for every serious seeker. Indeed, the wealth of sayings and aphorisms collected in its final section is reason enough to download the e-book.

Source: http://www.plough.com/ebooks/Provocations.html

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1 Response to “Download ebook: Kierkegaard’s Provocations”


  1. 1 plough books August 4, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    You can find the same books posted at our sister site here in the UK (a few thousand miles closer to you).

    We think of the many suffering in your country now.

    Feel free to contact us.

    note also:

    Wisdom of the Sadhu
    Teachings of Sundar Singh
    http://www.ploughbooks.co.uk/ebooks/wisdom-of-the-sadhu/


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