Can a person prepare to become a Christian? A Kierkegaardian response

ANDREW B. TORRANCE
2016 Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion  
Is it possible to prepare oneself to become a Christian? For Kierkegaard, there is no straightforward answer to this question, especially since such a transition depends upon a divine activity that is outside the realm of human control. Despite the challenge that this question poses, Kierkegaard's writings do provide us with a way to respond, and this response will be the subject matter of this article. Following an analysis of his position, this article will conclude that, although Kierkegaard
more » ... lthough Kierkegaard recognizes that there are precedent ways of existing that are more conducive to becoming a Christian, it is not helpful to describe them as preparatory.
doi:10.1017/s0034412516000172 fatcat:7ub5lu36pvhnraa2xn3ife66ki