Thank you. I have a great interest in Kierkegaard and these insights furthered my interest. I have read about him but not his writings themselves. Which of his books is the best for starters?

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Hi Walter!

I struggled to answer this which prompted me to think some more about general issues surrounding Kierkegaard and, in particular, 21st century Catholicism. As I result, I've just agreed with the editor that I'll return to this issue in a further article -so watch this space!

But to give some straightforwardly helpful advice in the meantime, you can see what Clare Carlisle recommends here: https://fivebooks.com/best-books/kierkegaard-clare-carlisle/ I think I would have originally recommended, if pushed, Fear and Trembling (there's a link to an online version as well as interpretative material in the external links section of the Wikipedia article). Your query made me think twice about this, however, in part because reading it put me off Kierkegaard for years. (I'll go into why in the follow up article!) So perhaps it might be better to read a collection of selections -probably https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0691019401/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_4QGKQ88TDCWDT8FW9B2G the best- and then pursue what takes your fancy from there.

Hope that helps a little anyway! As I said, I intend coming back again to the general issues, and that article will I hope explain in more detail why I found this so apparently so straightforward a question so difficult to answer!

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Awesome Stephen! Thank you so much for such a thoughtful and detailed response. This is immensely helpful. I will review the links and dive in! I look forward to seeing more in the future!

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