Kierkegaard - Attack upon "Christendom"

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I few weeks ago I stumbled upon http://archive.org/details/kierkegaardsatta00kier .  I could not believe that such an important work had been allowed to go into the public domain, but a search of the US copyright records shows that it was, indeed, not renewed, which it had to be under the law of that time.  And so I created a Personal Book for us. Big Smile

Kierkegaard is a famous enough figure that he probably doesn't need an introduction.  He has had quite an influence on 20th Century theology.  It is quite hard to imagine figures like Tillich or Barth or Bonhoeffer without Kierkegaard.  While it is too early to say what influence he will have on the 21st Century, it seems to me that the issues he brings up are still with us.

On one level, this is a dispute within the mid 19th century Church of Denmark.  It started with an attack on a few bishops - one that just died, and the new Primate - Hans Martensen.  Martensen was a representative of Christianity through the eyes of Hegel, and Kierkegaard is quite the critic of this idealism.

But to me, it seems like more is going on here.  Kierkegaard is a full throated spokesman for the Law - the scary voice in the night - the prophetic voice saying that we are NOT what we should be.

And you know what?  That voice is correct.  Judgement begins with the house of God, and we come up mighty short.  The Law rightly kills us.

Admittedly, there have been reforms about some of his points.  Most of us live in places where the Church is not a branch of Government like it was there and then.  But don't think that Kierkegaard would not have problems with us as well.  In fact, if we were to make excuses based on this, we would be just like many of the figures he ridicules.  And as people make excuses, he gets more extreme.

This is a distressingly common spiritual state - we become so captivated by the Good and Holy Law that we can no longer see the Gospel.

I know that when I am there I don't want people to tell me that it isn't so bad.  I hear that as either they think I am nuts or that I actually AM nuts for seeing what is plain as day.  What I need, instead, is someone to take the wind out of my sails, so to speak, by both accepting this (ugly) judgement and showing me that it is precisely for these real sins that Jesus died -- That Jesus knows all we have done and wants us anyway (Jn 4).

Unfortunately I hear little of this in this work.  That said, it IS still God's Law that he is prophetically holding up to us.  We need this shock to make us see our sin.  This is the "tentatio" or "anfechtung" that Luther says is exactly where true confession of the Gospel happens.

And so I strongly commend this work to all of you out there.

SDG

Ken McGuire

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tom | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jun 17 2012 6:26 PM

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jun 17 2012 6:41 PM

I figured this would have a wide appeal.

I forgot to say a few things about the format of the notes.  In the original, there are a few footnotes indicated by * that seem to be from Kierkegaard himself.  In addition there are endnotes indicated by arabic numbers from the translator/editor.  After a bit of hemming and hawing, I turned the endnotes into footnotes.  I originally thought of combining all the notes into footnotes, but when there were editorial notes in Kierkegaard's notes, this didn't work.

And so I put Kierkegaards notes in italics and a bit smaller font at the end of the paragraph indicated.  While this solution is not totally ideal, it does keep the same indicators for the notes as the original.

SDG

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BillS | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 18 2012 6:51 PM

Hi Ken,

1st of all, THANK YOU! 2nd, this is the 1st time I've seen multiple files that looked like they might be part of the same resource. If they aren't to be compled as separate books, then what order do we need to list them in the single book?

THANKS!

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Jerry M | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jun 18 2012 7:39 PM

I believe I can answer that: It is one book.

1. Intro

2. Articles in the Fatherland

3. Instant

4. Index 

The page numbers should be in order after it compiles.

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 19 2012 4:09 AM

You are correct as to order.  Multiple files allows the footnotes to be numbered by chapter.

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BillS | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 19 2012 1:18 PM

Thank you! Worked great....

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 23 2012 1:54 PM

Kenneth McGuire:

This is a distressingly common spiritual state - we become so captivated by the Good and Holy Law that we can no longer see the Gospel.

I know that when I am there I don't want people to tell me that it isn't so bad.  I hear that as either they think I am nuts or that I actually AM nuts for seeing what is plain as day.  What I need, instead, is someone to take the wind out of my sails, so to speak, by both accepting this (ugly) judgement and showing me that it is precisely for these real sins that Jesus died -- That Jesus knows all we have done and wants us anyway (Jn 4).

Unfortunately I hear little of this in this work.  That said, it IS still God's Law that he is prophetically holding up to us.  We need this shock to make us see our sin.  This is the "tentatio" or "anfechtung" that Luther says is exactly where true confession of the Gospel happens.

And so I strongly commend this work to all of you out there.

Thank you much, Ken, for highlighting the Gospel!                  *smile*                       Peace to you!               and ...               Always Joy in the Lord!

                Haven't read Kierkegaard for a few years now and look forward to perusing the book you so kindly shared with us.  Not only will I be sharing this with my Pastor ...           my youngest son is also quite interested in Kierkegaard .                            I am grateful and I do pray for you and your life now and again as I have opportunity.

Philippians 4:  4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand..........

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Ken McGuire:

In the original, there are a few footnotes indicated by * that seem to be from Kierkegaard himself.  In addition there are endnotes indicated by arabic numbers from the translator/editor.  After a bit of hemming and hawing, I turned the endnotes into footnotes.  I originally thought of combining all the notes into footnotes, but when there were editorial notes in Kierkegaard's notes, this didn't work.

And so I put Kierkegaards notes in italics and a bit smaller font at the end of the paragraph indicated.  While this solution is not totally ideal, it does keep the same indicators for the notes as the original.

In the almost two years since creating this PB, I have learned more about the pb compiler as well as MS Word.  And so I have combined the 4 files into one, tagged a few things in foreign languages, and combined most of the * footnotes into actual notes.  However, since two of these notes have editoral footnotes, I left them in the text as before.  Not fully satisfying, but closer to the original print version - and more convenient too!

SDG

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 6 2014 5:51 PM

Peace, Ken!                   I most certainly thank you!                          You seem to belong to the ABCD Club, eh?!

                        Above and Beyond the Call of Duty!                       Although I see an "SDG"!!!! in your post and realise what motivation you are striving for!

Again, thank you for the update!            *smile*

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Hans | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 11 2014 2:36 PM

How to pronounce Sǿren Kierkegaard:

http://www.forvo.com/word/s%C3%B8ren_kierkegaard/

Very helpful in a presentation!

Hans

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Andy | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 12 2014 2:23 AM

Ken McGuire:
In the almost two years since creating this PB, I have learned more about the pb compiler as well as MS Word.  And so I have combined the 4 files into one, tagged a few things in foreign languages, and combined most of the * footnotes into actual notes.  However, since two of these notes have editoral footnotes, I left them in the text as before.  Not fully satisfying, but closer to the original print version - and more convenient too!

Hi Ken,

I missed this first time around. I just wanted to thank you for pulling this together. It is much appreciated.

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Paul-C | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 12 2014 2:44 AM

Thanks Ken - nice work Yes

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 12 2014 6:22 PM

HansK:

How to pronounce Sǿren Kierkegaard:

http://www.forvo.com/word/s%C3%B8ren_kierkegaard/

Very helpful in a presentation!

Hans

Wow, that is not even close to how I pronounce his name. I think I have butchered it for years.

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Hans | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 13 2014 10:59 AM

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