Andreas Frederik Beck (1816-61) is a little-known scholar and journalist named in a handful of Danish intellectual histories, where his contributions are said to be modest. Beck is portrayed as one of the few figures in Danish intellectual life who made an attempt to introduce a version of left-Hegelian thought into theological and church circles, but like other Danish thinkers who had similar interests such as Hans Brøchner (1816-61), Christian Fenger Christens (1819-55), and Rudolph Varberg (1828-69), Beck made no inroads in either scholarly or church circles.1