Visiting Scholar Offers Kierkegaard Lecture at Simpson University

For Immediate Release


Dr. Stephen Backhouse

REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University will host a talk and book signing featuring visiting scholar Dr. Stephen Backhouse and his award-wining 2016 biography on Danish philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard.

The event, which includes time for questions and answers, is free and open to the public. It is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 102 at the university, 2211 College View Drive.

Copies of “Kierkegaard: A Single Life,” which Christianity Today magazine named in December as its Biography of the Year, will be available for sale.

“Stephen Backhouse has given us a wonderfully lively and sympathetic portrait of one of the greatest minds of the nineteenth century, sparing us nothing of Kierkegaard’s abrasive, contrarian personality, but also illuminating the extraordinary courage and spiritual depth of the man,” wrote former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

Kierkegaard, who died in 1855, was an early existentialist philosopher, social critic, religious author, and poetic. “Almost every road in modern Christianity leads back, at some point, to Kierkegaard,” wrote Dr. Richard Beck, associate professor of psychology at Abilene Christian University, calling Backhouse’s book “a knowledgeable and accessible guide.”

Dr. Backhouse is professor of political theology at St. Mellitus College in London. He is on sabbatical in Redding, working on his next book.



Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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