The Reconstruction of Religion explores the thoughts of three influential philosophers--G. E. Lessing, Soren Kierkegaard,
and Friedrich Nietzsche--looking in particular at their influential approaches to the relationship between religion and modernity.
In a period of a little more than one hundred years, Lessing, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche each developed a different theory
of religion. Rejecting the possibility of maintaining religious faith on the old foundation of church tradition, these thinkers
formulated new ways of understanding religion in response to the challenges of modernity. Though the conclusions of each system
are different, there remain important elements in common between them, such as the importance of "e;religious subjectivity."e;
Jan-Olav Henriksen compares and contrasts the thought of Lessing, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche, showing that each of these philosophers
still has something important to contribute to understanding religion in our own postmodern era. For anyone interested in
the position of religious belief in today's world, these reconstructions of religion are of great value. In addition to their
place in the history of ideas, these three philosophical approaches anticipate some of the recent issues relating to religion
in postmodernity. Henriksen's perceptive work moves beyond the level of historical analysis to insightful rereadings of Lessing,
Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche that help us better understand the place of religion in our pluralistic society.