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Kierkegaard’s attack upon “Christendom,” 1854-185
Christ thus becomes a languishing figure, the impersonation of insipid human kindliness. The fact is, Luther retained the use of the word “priest” which is merely old presbyter writ smalland the Scandinavian Churches, like the Church of England, have retained it to this day, though of course without any more suggestion of sacerdotal character than the kindred word prete has in Rome and throughout Italy.
Or is it not just as ridiculous to call such priests, deans, bishops, “witnesses,” just as ridiculous as to call a maneuver on the town common a “battle”?
I maintain that by depicting from the pulpit Bishop Mynster as a witness to the truth, one of the holy chain of witnesses, a wrong is done in the highest degree to every other distinguished and well-deserving man christensom the land.
The Scandal of the Gospels: Paperbackpages. Christianity cannot be well served by calling this sort of thing Christianity, with the implication that it is the Chris- tianity of the New Testament; and Christianly the congregation cannot be well served thereby, for it fails to observe what Christianity accord- ing kierkegaadr the New Testament is.
Out of consideration for him I concealed this from the contemporaries, and said it only to him personally, as emphatically as possible.
Find it on Scholar. Science Logic and Mathematics. When the case is stated thus, it will become apparent whether there is anything true in this expectation, whether it has the consent of divine governance — if not, then everything must fall to pieces, in order that in this horror the individual might again come into existence who could bear the Christianity of the New Testament.
There the matter rests.
Attack upon Christendom
His rages spill over into the clerical class as kierkdgaard whole who live like well-paid middle-class civil servants and did not partake one whit of the sufferings and renunciation of the world which Christ has commanded. Toward the end of his life I pressed upon the old man as closely as I could but in an indirect way, by Training in Christianity the question whether he would give battle.
So the “way” atatck now become a different one, not that of the New Testa- ment: For this reason “man” is interested and employed’ in winning whole nations of Christians, kingdoms, lands, a whole world of Christians — for thus the thing of being a Christian becomes something different from what it is in the New Testament. Suppose that lierkegaard else people had the idea of using the church for a ball — what is that in comparison with using the church under the name of Christian worship to make a fool of God!
Besides I am so accustomed to stand a blow, and to stand it until several years later the majority have come over to my opinion only they fhristendom that I had to attwck the blow ; so I may as well stand this blow, too — for the sake of elucidating the Christian concepts. Especially his pathetic confession of a lifelong suffering, and his address to the “plain man,” deserve to be treasured as the last words of an intellectual tragic hero.
The presentation address by Dean Tryde, a thing of naught, is distinguished by the fact that, as if it were something, a footnote remarks, christebdom author feels called upon to declare that naught has been omitted, naught has been changed. We have what one might call a complete inventory of churches, bells, organs, benches, alms-boxes, foot-warmers, tables, hearses, etc.
For me, unlike many of my more distin- guished contemporaries, it was not only within the last ten years my world has been profoundly shaken cchristendom has proved to be simply “the world. I would not even in that case be a sacrifice for Christianity, but because I wanted honesty.
Søren Kierkegaard, Attack Upon Christendom – PhilPapers
I do not find it silly for one to hold that view of Christianity which I, after I had made it known, left be- hind me; but I find it silly for a man to want to inculcate that over against me in a lecturing tone and with great assumption of importance, to want to talk of my lack of kiierkegaard in not being able to see — to see that very thing which one will find presented in my works, with cer- tainly as much acumen as the kierkegaarr in question who says this to my face is able to do it.
That an eternal blessedness is an inestimable good, far more considerable than the Town Hall, and if it can be bought for the song at which the priests dispose of it, it may be considered a far, far, far more brilliant transaction than that of Stundenstrup’s in buying the Town Hall — that I am willing to concede. But to want to have all worldly goods and advantages the witness to the truth being what he is precisely by renunciation and sufferingand then at the same time to be a witness to the truth — one might Christianly say, “The deuce of a witness that is!
If it were possible to attack a shopkeeper in such a way that people knew that his wares were bad — but this did not result in having kiegkegaard least effect upon his usual turnover: That was attained which toward the end I was about upo despair of, chrisgendom but nevertheless that was attained which was my thought, my wish, which also I can remember to have said once a long while ago to the aged Grundtvig: But then to my mind the genuine thing about him was that, as I am firmly convinced, he was willing to admit before God and to himself that by no manner of means was he a iierkegaard to the truth — to my mind this xttack was the genuine thing about him.
To this Kierkegaard reacted in rage as he This work is simply pure fury and rage against establishment Christianity expressed with the sharpest barbs and wit a literary genius is capable of. He stored up ten times as much material as he needed to use — but, strangely enough, he did not use it, except in the very few cases which are indicated here in the notes. And to christednom end I resolved to use this journal [the Fatherland]. Yea, this I know, that it has His consent that in a world of Christians, where millions upon chrostendom call themselves Christians, there atfack one man who says, “I dare not call myself a Christian, but I want honesty, and I will venture unto the end.
So then, cheapness is not to be extolled unconditionally, it has its limits: Someone may even find that something is gained, may find a deeper significance in the fact that the protest comes so tardily.
His desire is a return to New Testament Christianity and an honest confession of corruption from the Danish church. The late Bishop had an unusual gift for yielding shrewdly, for giving way, for accommodating himself; Bishop Martensen for there is a diversity of gifts has the gift, at this time especially perilous to the Church, of wanting to brave it out.
The religious situation in our country is: He attributes this largely to the public who listen to leaders unfit kierkegaarv preach due their inauthenticity to the truth; who prefer comfortable lives and justification of pleasures rather than the humiliation and suffering of Christ. It is very much more important to remark that the severity of S.