About me and Kierkegaard

Soren Kierkegaard published Fear and Trembling in 1843, 80 years later Lee M Hollander translated portions of it related to Abraham into English.

The brothers Grimm wrote a fairy tale about Trusty John that had the same motif as the story of Abraham and Isaac.

Trusty John, or Faithful Johannes, is similar to the idea behind Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling

Then the King was full of joy, and when he saw the Queen coming, he hid Trusty John and the two children in a big cupboard. As she entered he said to her: “Did you pray in church?” “Yes,” she answered, “but my thoughts dwelt constantly on Trusty John, and of what he has suffered for us.” Then he spake: “Dear wife, we can restore him to life, but the price asked is our two little sons; we must sacrifice them.”

Several books by Kierkegaard are available online here

Four books written by Soren Kierkegaard

Fear and Trembling
Published October 16, 1843 What happens to the single individual after an encounter with God? Who is the knight of faith?

Philosophical Fragments
Published June 13, 1844 How is Socrates as a teacher of truth related to Christ as the Teacher of Truth? “To make Christianity seem to be an invention of Johannes Climacus is a biting satire on philosophy’s indolent attitude toward it.” Kierkegaard’s Journals VIA 84 “The invisible Church is not a historical phenomenon; as such it cannot be observed objectively at all, because it is only in subjectivity.”     Soren Kierkegaard, Concluding Unscientific Postscript p. 54 (1846) Hong

Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing
First part of Upbuilding Discourses in various Spirits published March 13, 1847. How can one will one thing in truth? What is eternal in man?

The Sickness Unto Death
Published July 30, 1849. Kierkegaard writes about despair and he offers Christianity as the cure for despair. Just this is no doubt what our age, what Christendom, needs: a little Socratic ignorance with respect to Christianity. p. 131 Hanny tr 1989

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