Reflection on Kierkegaard

Phyllis Region
Religion 411
Dr. Gacis
December 15, 2013

Reflection Paper #1

Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard was a devout Christian and a deeply religious writer. His works explore some of the important features of Christianity, and he deeply explores some of the key stories at the heart of the Bible such as Adam and Eve, and Abraham and Isaac. Through his works, the reader is allowed an insight into Kierkegaard's own personal Christianity, and an insight into what he feels is required to be a Christian. His Christianity is centered on faith. Fear and Trembling examines the story of Abraham and Isaac and the sacrifice that was supposed to happen. I believe that this is Kierkegaard's ...

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believe.

This faith actually causes us to abandon reason. Kierkegaard instead believes that we must believe by virtue of the absurd. Only by the absurd does Abraham get to keep his son Isaac. Kierkegaard believes by the same token that we must believe in the absurd in order to believe in God and to truly hold the Christian faith. This faith must also be constantly renewed by affirmations of faith. It does not suffice for one merely to make on showing of faith to God.

Kierkegaard did find human meaning and fulfillment in life by our ethical and religious commitments. Achieving meaning in life, he said, is not something simply given to us, but it is accomplished through our decisions. Kierkegaard thought we are, at the end of the day, on our own in making the best possible decisions for our lives. However, he argued the best decision we could make for our lives is to rely on God.

Human existence is in continuous conflict between two facets of reality -- the infinite and ...

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