Just A Quick Notion On The Winces of Kierkegaard

22 Apr


Kierkegaard in Suspense


Date: Tue Apr 22, 1997 2:03:45 PM

Whew! E-mail is so much fun, fun, fun, I just hate to quit, but I just wanted to add something to that last note I was meaning to include, but forgot, in my haste to close...but your theology seems patently Kierkegaardian [Soren] who actually is recognized more as a famous existentialist philosopher than the theologian his lesser-known but notable father was.

Are you familiar with this line of devotedness? Actually I count myself among that fuzzy number (in logic) although as the grandfather of modern existentialism (albeit in a christian context, whereas Sartre's atheistic philosophy some 60 years later is generally counted as the full maturity of the logic) Kierkegaard's moral forces point up many more questions rather than answers of the biblical accounts; most famously, his take on Abraham's dilemma in sacrificing Issac in his small book "Fear and Trembling", the moral urgency of the individualistic voice of God as opposed to the giant institutional promises, as God always attempts to stretch his handpicked servant's perceptions far beyond the norm of the culture at hand.

Many christians like to play dodge ball with the sixty-six Jewish books you call the Word, picking and choosing which Old Testament rules to follow and which ones to throw off as a revelation of Jesus. I don't want to draw you into a long-winded blather you are not interested in pursuing, since you've already given me your Pauline summation nicely concise, but I was just wondering what, if anything you thought of the Kierkegaardian concept of God's will beyond common acts of simple goodness just as Hinduistic as anything purportedly Christian? Because in a rough and tumble world, simple goodness and moral certainty often are incompatible with questions of greater good and lasting peace, eh?


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