John Lippitt

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After opening with a brief discussion of the etymology of the Danish terms Tilgivelse and Forladelse, this paper moves on to discuss how Kierkegaard addresses the theme of forgiveness throughout his authorship. The discussion is organised under the following themes: the apparently impossible - yet true - possibility of the forgiveness of sins; how despair over the forgiveness of sins can be transcended in faith; how the consciousness of the forgiveness of sins turns a heavy burden into a light one; and the implications of Kierkegaard's discussion of the forgiveness of sins for interpersonal forgiveness and self-forgiveness. In line with the purposes of the volume, the focus is on exegesis rather than critique.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKierkegaard’s Concepts
Subtitle of host publicationTome III: Envy to Incognito
EditorsSteven Emmanuel, William McDonald, Jon Stewart
PublisherTaylor & Francis Group
Number of pages7
Volume15, Tome III
ISBN (Electronic)978131523475
ISBN (Print)9781472434326
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameKierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources
NumberTome 3


  • Kierkegaard
  • Forgiveness
  • Sins
  • Interpersonal forgiveness
  • Self-forgiveness


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