The Committed Self

An Introduction to Existentialism for Christians
Victor Shepherd


The Committed Self is a clear and compelling introduction to Existentialism, the root of Postmodernism and, according to Victor A. Shepherd, still the most significant philosophy of our times. Focusing on Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Buber, Heidegger, and Sartre and their passionate commitment to the authenticity of the self, Shepherd maintains that Existentialism has much to say to Christians with its understanding of:

  • What it is to be a human being
  • How diverse forces operative in the world and in the psyche shape human self-awareness
  • The manner in which radical commitment forges and forms that "self," which is nothing less than a new birth 
Shepherd believes that an acquaintance with Existentialism will aid Christians in negotiating the minefield they think life has become. And he persistently draws attention to the manner in which Existentialism recalls theology to its proper vocation whenever the latter appears to be in danger of becoming a species of rationalism that uses religious vocabulary.

This lucid and beautifully written book clearly manifests Victor Shepherd as a committed Christian, a masterful philosopher, and a wise and experienced teacher. I found it personally illuminating, edifying, and encouraging and commend it enthusiastically.”
MICHAEL VERTIN, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Toronto

“For any Christian who is interested in the vast significance of Existentialism, as it relates directly to the life and theology of the church, this book is not to be missed.”
MARCUS JOHNSON, Associate Professor of Theology, Moody Bible Institute