It is easy to become fascinated by Kierkegaard’s life, and to turn a discussion of his theology into an analysis of his biography. There is something odd about such an approach, however. It is true that Kierkegaard is deeply concerned with the way in which Christian faith becomes passionately real in an individual life, but it is equally true, as John Caputo says, that he ‘sought a way to excite Christian passion in his readers without interposing himself between the individual and God’ (How to Read Kierkegaard, London: Granta, 2007, p6, our emphasis). He went to fairly elaborate lengths to secure this, as we shall see.