Skip to content
Licensed Unlicensed Requires Authentication Published by De Gruyter June 21, 2014

Faith in a Rational Age: A Dialogue with Climacus

  • Annemarie van Stee EMAIL logo


Johannes Climacus has been invited to address a 21st century, largely secular audience on the topic of religious faith and its (ir)rationality. Climacus refuses to lecture, but in the dialogue that ensues, his views become clear. This article is my transcript of the meeting as it unfolds. Climacus finds himself confronted with contemporary theoretical positions regarding the (ir)rationality of faith as well as with real-life cases such as a touchy-feely type of spirituality and religiously inspired terrorism. In response, he clarifies his idea of faith as subjective truth, revealing the criteria he uses to distinguish faith from pseufaith. Throughout, the lively dialogue shows the enduring relevance of Climacus’ thought

Published Online: 2014-6-21
Published in Print: 2014-6-1

© 2014 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston

Downloaded on 25.3.2023 from
Scroll Up Arrow