Monday, June 13, 2011

Kierkegaard on Christianity

Soren Kierkegaard


The Diary Of Soren Kierkegaard
quote from the
Diary of
Soren Kierkegaard

#184
"Not until a man has become so utterly unhappy, or has grasped the woefulness of life so deeply that he is moved to say, and mean it: life for me has no value -- not until then is he able to make a bid for Christianity. 


And then his life may acquire the very highest value."


#185
"The point about Christianity is that it is right around us. That is why no poet, no orator, can paint it, they use too much imagination. Precisely on that account (that is, for the wrong reason) people love and and esteem poets and orators. For at a distance men see Christianity as a lovable thing.


Only a dialectician can represent it, as he constantly eliminates all delusions, drilling it, as it were, into our present existence right here. That is why such a dialectician will be ill liked, for at close range Christianity is hateful and shocking."
(emphasis his)



What do you think?