Essay #2 - Elliot Anderson Faith and Reason Essay #2 Topic...

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Elliot Anderson Faith and Reason Essay #2 Topic Choice #2 Calling God’s Bluff Soren Kierkegaard raises many important questions in Fear and Trembling . He questions the ethicality of God’s manipulation of Abraham, and he questions, yet commends Abraham’s faithfulness . However, his ideas inherently create a chasm between faith, and reason, and he is not afraid to espouse this, “[F]aith begins precisely where thinking leaves off” (61) . Kierkegaard’s arguments inadvertently make it very difficult to wed faith and reason, but ultimately the decision made by Abraham was one of reason and faith. Firstly, Kierkegaard praises Abraham for his unflinching belief in God’s greater plan, even when it required the sacrifice of his only son by his own hand . “Take now they son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I tell thee of”(19) . The word of the Lord – thanks be to God, and his plan to bluff at wiping out the entire race of Israel, and for breaking his covenant with Abraham . After all, he promised Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars who would be born of Isaac, his only son of course, and then God requests Abraham to do the unthinkable, and kill his son, his bloodline . The two are contradictory; if Isaac were killed Israel
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This essay was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Peterson during the Fall '07 term at Pepperdine.

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Essay #2 - Elliot Anderson Faith and Reason Essay #2 Topic...

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