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Unformatted text preview: Notes for Reading Kierkegaards Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard uses the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac to discuss what many people see as the essence of religion: faith. Abrahams story can be found in Genesis 17: 1-22 ; 22: 1-19 . Read it. In one sense, Kierkegaard is asking a simple question: if faith is essential for a religious life, exactly what is it? But in using Abraham as the central example of faith, he shows that understanding faith is not simple at all. In this essay he attacks the various easy answers people give to the question of faith and argues that faith is a deep paradox rooted in absurdity, terrible loneliness, and courage. Even beyond the great ethical heroes who sacrifice what they love for the good of others, Kierkegaard admires the absurd, paradoxical Knight of Faith. What follows is a brief guide to the main issues we will be examining from the text. Use these notes to aid you in understanding the text. Some of the questions overlap, since Kierkegaard is focusing on a few key ideas and issues....
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course 032 002 taught by Professor Adamson during the Spring '08 term at University of Iowa.
- Spring '08
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