RE: [Kierkegaardian] Digest Number 37 (Mohamed Sayi)
- Hello Mohamed Sayi and Mark
Kierkegaard's belief is the classic Christian one; that physical death is
not the end for a person. Life is eternal. The Sickness Unto Death is not
like a terminal illness. The sickness unto death is despair. In summary
Kierkegaard asserts that we are essentially a spirit, which is the self -
as such we are a balance of finite and infinite, temporal and eternal, and
necessity and possibility. These are all in relation to one another and to
others. Despair (or sin) occurs when in our lives we allow these to get out
of balance (there is an imbalance in the relation). The torment of despair
is "not to be able to die." It's when these relations are all out of
balance. And this is "The Sickness unto Death." Much of the book is taken
up with discussing the various forms of despair. For example how,
"necessity's despair is lack of possibility."
Welcome Mohamed to the site. I'm glad you're here and look forward to some
From: mohamed sayi [mailto:mohamedsayi@...]
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2003 12:54 AM
Subject: Re: [Kierkegaardian] Digest Number 37 (Mohamed Sayi)
Dear friend, thanks for your response.
I never read that book, "Sickness Unto Death" and I don't know Kierkegaard's
conclusion on death. Please tell me in few sentences what that book says
The other think is that I think God had a point when He told Abraham to kill
his only son as a sacrifice.
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