Featured Philosopher: Søren Kierkegaard


On this day in 1813, Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard was born in Copenhagen. Throughout his life, Kierkegaard wrote about theology, existence, culture, and belief. Criticizing the attitudes of the Church of Denmark, Kierkegaard posited instead that individual faith was of the highest importance. Cultivating a personal understanding of Christian spirituality, in opposition to a collective one, spurred Kierkegaard to write such works as Fear and Trembling, Either/Or, and Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing.

Kierkegaard used several pseudonyms for his writing, embracing the mysterious in both his theology and his authorial life. A few of his most famous ones were Johannes de Silentio (author of Fear and Trembling), Hilarius Bookbinder (author of Stages on Life’s Way), and Young Man (author of Repetition).

While Kierkegaard died in 1855, his books live on here in our library. Click this link for a full listing of all the Kierkegaard-related titles we have!





Featured Theologian: Francis Schaeffer


On this day in 1912, American theologian and philosopher Francis Schaeffer was born. Throughout his life, Schaeffer argued for the inerrancy of Scripture and lectured on truth, culture, and the modern world.


In 1955, Schaeffer founded the school and community L’Abri in Switzerland; in 1958, an English version of L’Abri was opened. The French term “L’Abri” means “shelter.” Schaeffer intended the schools to provide a safe place for seeking people to ask questions about God and the significance of human life.


The Ryan Center houses The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer: A Christian Worldview, and the library contains copies of Whatever Happened to the Human Race?, A Christian Manifesto, and several other books by Schaeffer.