Kierkegaard and his father

Well, let shabby souls who are able to love God and people only when everything goes their way, let them hate and defy in ill temper-a faithful son loves, unchanged. … More Kierkegaard and his father

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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