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Kierkegaard: “Christianity is not a doctrine”

29 August 2019

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“The object of faith, understood Christianly, is not a doctrine, for then the relation is merely intellectual. Neither is the object of faith a teacher who has a doctrine, for when a teacher has a doctrine, then the doctrine is more important than the teacher. The object of faith is the actuality and authority of the teacher; that the teacher actually is… Faith’s posture is not in relation to a teaching, whether it is true or not, but is the answer to the question about a fact: Do you accept the fact that He, the Teacher, actually exists? Please note that the answer to this is a matter of infinite concern. Of course, if the object of faith is only a human being, then the whole thing is a sham. But this is not the case for Christians. The object of Christian faith is God’s historical existence, that is, that God at a certain point in time existed as an individual human being… Christianity is not a doctrine but a fact: God came into existence through a particular human being at a particular point in history.”

Soren Kierkegaard





2 Comments leave one →
  1. 3 September 2019 1:03 am

    Hello again,

    If it is not too much trouble, could you please provide references for quotes whenever possible? I understand that you have more important things to do than blogging, but references would allow readers to understand these interesting quotes in their proper context, and delve deeper into the thoughts of these influential writers. Not to mention that you have a duty as a public figure to not propagate false information — by verifying them whenever possible before passing them on.


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