Matt W Cook

writer.former fundamentalist.christianly fellow

Tag: kierkegaard

Soren Kierkegaard on Reality

 

What the philosophers say about Reality is often as disappointing as a sign you see in a shop window, which reads; Pressing Done Here.  If you brought your clothes to be pressed, you would be fooled; for the sign is only for sale.

– Soren Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard on Christian Scholarship

“The matter is quite simple. The bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world? Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.”

― Søren Kierkegaard, Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard