Kierkegaard's Concept of Faith looks at what is said about faith by three of Kierkegaard's most famous pseudonyms: Johannes de Silentio, Johannes Climacus, and Anti-Climacus. Philosophers will recognize the first two as the purported authors of Fear and Trembling and Philosophical Crumbs and the Concluding Unscientific Postscript to the Philosophical Crumbs. Scholars in religious studies will recognize the last as the “author” of The Sickness unto Death and Practice in Christianity. Westphal asserts that these pseudonymous texts “have a common problematic about what Christianity is and what it means to become a Christian in Christendom, that they make a rich variety of claims about these matters, and that these claims are coherent with one another” (7).

The book is divided into three parts, one each for the pseudonyms whose views are examined. The chapters in part 1, the portion of the book...

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