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Unformatted text preview: Kierkegaard • Faith is regarded as something that cannot be intelligibly explained, understood, or spoken about • Distinction between knowing with one’s mind and knowing with one’s heart o Faith and doubt, unlike science or logic are meaningless without passion • Kierkegaard feels that faith has been reduced to an aesthetic level which cheapens the true value of religious passion Exordium • Shows how hard it is to understand Abraham’s seemingly simple deed o How could Abraham do all that without questioning God? • Points out the difference between the ethical and religious spheres o Ethical Deals with the single individuals place in human society • The highest good is that which is of the greatest benefit to society as a whole Religious • Goes beyond the ethical, and deals with the single individual as an individual in relationship to God o No way to justify the behavior of a religious person B/C – that persons relationship is with God alone and not society • Four scenarios o In the first, Abraham severs the bond of love between father and son in order that Isaac not lose faith in God. This is a noble sacrifice on Abraham's part, but not the one that God intended. In the second, Abraham follows God's command, but because he cannot understand God's wish in ethical terms he confused and sorrowful. He can no longer understand what goodness is, if God should demand such a horrific sacrifice. In the third, Abraham understands God's command as a test of his ethical fiber. That is, as a man in understands God's command as a test of his ethical fiber....
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- Winter '08
- Fear and Trembling, Faith, Søren Kierkegaard