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  • righteous_fury2002 <lord_glendor@hotmail
    hi everyone, wow, thanks for all the thoughtful comments and discussion that you guys have put up over the last few weeks. i haven t read all the posts yeat,
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      hi everyone,
      wow, thanks for all the thoughtful comments and discussion that you
      guys have put up over the last few weeks. i haven't read all the
      posts yeat, but here are some comments:
      firstly to Kierkegaard's view of christianity and christendom. i
      think that yes, on the surface, Kierkegaard's view of christianity
      was very narrow, but only in a specific sense. kierkegaard would
      probably have agreed that he was setting a pretty high target for the
      common man to be a christian, but that would only be because his
      requirement was existential. christianity was not for kierkegaard a
      set of propositions about truth and eschatology, etc; rather it was a
      way of life that must be lived at every second, consstantly
      reaffirmed at every second. we can recall a similar sentiment from
      jesus: 'be perfect, therefore, as your father in heaven is perfect'.
      i think, however, that kierkegaard would not have meant for his
      conception of christianity to be exclusive in any way; on the
      contrary it was meant to be accesible to everyone. having said that,
      however, i think that kierkegaard himself had his doubts about being
      a christian and free from despair, as i recall certain passages of
      fear and trembling.
      secondly, a new thought: kierkegaard places strong emphasis on the
      individual, and on the existential encounter with the personal god,
      as it were. what place does the church, or indeed any group faith
      have in kierkegaards corpus?
      lastly, i have seen a copy, two in fact, of attack on christendom, in
      english; but these are in book form, not online. also i challenge
      the assertion that kierkegaard came from a long line of lutheran
      pastors. certainly his father's religious melancholy led to his
      strange isolated outlook on life; but his family i believe were
      textile manufacturers. i am no expert, however, and am fully
      prepared to be corrected most stringently if i happen to be wrong.
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