Christian existentialism is a minority theo-philosophical movement based on radical re-analysis of the Bible, the early church and faith. The movement is distinct from evangelical Christianity in that it emphasises individualism and dissent and rejects orthodoxy, biblical literalism and institutions. The writings of Søren Kierkegaard has greatly influenced the movement. He titled one of this books, Fear and Trembling, after Philippians 2:12 which is often referenced by existentialists (emphasis added):
- "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."
Christian existentialism is critical of mainstream Christianity, which it considers to be profane and childish.
Because of their unconventional views of God, the arguments for and against Christian existentialism are generally distinct from mainstream apologetics. Christian existentialists are often irked by mainstream criticism of religion, claiming that's not my God.
- "We live in a universe indifferent to our fate. We are seduced by myths that assure us that the world revolves around us, that fate or the gods or destiny have given us a unique and singular role in the cosmos. It is hard to reject these myths and face the bleakness of human existence. It is more comforting and reassuring to have faith in our collective moral advancement as a species, to believe that we are heading towards something great and wondrous. The bitter reality of existence and the bondage of human nature, however, are real. These myths are not."
- Christian existential apologetics
- Christian existential counter-apologetics
- Postmodern Christianity
- Liberation theology