To Need God Is Perfection

Moses was capable of nothing at all. If the people had said to him, “Go to Pharaoh, because your word is powerful, your voice is triumphant, your eloquence irresistible,” he would have answered, “Oh, you fools! I am capable of nothing, not even of giving my life for you if the Lord does not so will. I am capable only of submitting everything to the Lord.” … More To Need God Is Perfection

The law for God’s nearness by Soren Kierkegaard

The Christian rule for action is simple: Venture to act in accordance with the truth and at the same moment through this action you will collide with the environing world. Your action will be such that you will discover the collisions of the essentially Christian. In no other way can one enter into the situation where faith can come into existence. Venture right into the middle of actuality. … More The law for God’s nearness by Soren Kierkegaard

Clement and Soren K.

I was looking for something to read into the Short nonfiction collection at and found Clement  of Alexandria (150-215 AD).  I was struck by the similarities between Clement’s discussion about The True Gnostic and Kierkegaard’s discussion of the same thing in his Purity of Heart is To Will One Thing (1847). … More Clement and Soren K.

God Has No Cause (Kierkegaard)

There are those who talk about God’s cause, and about wanting to serve that cause. This is all very fine, but how, exactly, is this to be interpreted? The common view thinks that God has a cause in the human sense of the word, that he is some kind of advocate, interested in having his cause win and therefore eager to help the person who would serve his cause, and so forth. … More God Has No Cause (Kierkegaard)

Alone With God’s Word (Kierkegaard)

My listener, allow me to make a confession about myself here. I still do not dare to be utterly alone with God’s Word. I don’t have the honesty and courage for it. I dare not! If I open it – any passage – it traps me at once. It asks me – indeed, it is as if it were God himself who does the asking – “Have you done what you read there?” And then I am trapped. … More Alone With God’s Word (Kierkegaard)

Kierkegaard on Christ

The Inviter’s conscience is clear because he has invited every one and has left it to each to understand the Invitation. Come hither unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. But he doesn’t explain what it means to labor and be heavy laden. That’s strange too! The narrow-minded and narrow-hearted insist on a more definite explanation. Kierkegaard asks, Why does thine eye see only thyself, why is it evil because he is good? (Matthew 20:15) As soon as we try to take a closer look at the Invitation we tend to change the Inviter. … More Kierkegaard on Christ

Kierkegaard on groups

According to the New Testament to be a Christian means to be salt. Christianity addresses this question to each individual: Are you willing to be salt? Are you willing to be sacrificed, instead of belonging to the crowd, which seeks to profit from the sacrifice of others? Here again is the distinction: to be salt or to melt into the mass; to let others be sacrificed for us on behalf of the Truth or to let ourselves be sacrificed – between these two lies an eternal qualitative difference. … More Kierkegaard on groups

Kierkegaard and Truth

If ultimately, as Kierkegaard claims, “truth is subjectivity,” a matter of love, spirit, and personal purpose, then such inwardness, such experience, cannot be known as it is except by having it. The marks of it can be noted, desire for it promotes, and change of heart necessary for its appropriation can be generated in preparation, but the inward understanding of it, it seems, must be a matter of participation in its reality. … More Kierkegaard and Truth

Quotes about Soren Kierkegaard

I feared his visit. I was twenty-four, and the religious revival within myself was at its height. Earlier that summer, I had discovered Kierkegaard, and each week I brought back to the apartment one more of the Princeton University Press’s elegant and expensive editions of his works. They were beautiful books, sometimes very thick, sometimes very thin, always typographically exhilarating, with their welter of title pages, subheads, epigraphs, emphatic italics, italicized catchwords taken from German philosophy and too subtle for translation, translator’s prefaces and footnotes, and Kierkegaard’s own endless footnotes, blanketing pages at a time as, crippled, agonized by distinctions, he scribbled on and on, heaping irony on irony, curse on curse, gnashing, sneering, praising Jehovah in the privacy of his empty home in Copenhagen. … More Quotes about Soren Kierkegaard

Leibniz on Faith with Reason 1710 (Theodicy)

Little by little Aristotle took the place of Plato, when the taste for systems began to prevail, and when theology itself became more systematic, owing to the decisions of the General Councils, which provided precise and positive formularies. A little before these changes, and before the great schism in the West (1054) that still endures, there was in Italy a sect of philosophers which disputed this conformity of faith with reason which I maintain.
They were dubbed ‘Averroists’. … More Leibniz on Faith with Reason 1710 (Theodicy)