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.