Christian Discourses: The Crisis and a Crisis in the Life of by Søren Kierkegaard

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First released in 1848, Christian Discourses is a quartet of items written and organized in contrasting kinds. elements One and 3, "The Cares of the Pagans" and "Thoughts That Wound from Behind--for Upbuilding," function a polemical overture to Kierkegaard's collision with the status quo of Christendom. but components and 4, "Joyful Notes within the Strife of Suffering" and "Discourses on the Communion on Fridays," are reassuring affirmations of the enjoyment and blessedness of Christian lifestyles in an international of adversity and affliction. Written in usual language, the paintings combines simplicity and inwardness with mirrored image and offers an important Christian techniques and presuppositions with strange clarity.

Kierkegaard persevered within the development that he begun together with his first pseudonymous esthetic paintings, Either/Or, by means of pairing Christian Discourses with The predicament, an unsigned esthetic essay on modern Danish actress Joanne Luise Heiberg.

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According to Christianity's doctrine, there is only one rich person: the Christian; everyone else is poor, the poor and the rich. A person is most healthy when he does not notice his body at all or does not know he has a body, and the rich person is healthy when, healthy like the bird, he is not aware of his earthly wealth; but when he is aware of it, when it is the only thing he knows, then he is lost. When the rich Christian became totally ignorant of his earthly wealth, he gained more than the bird that soars up toward heaven; he gained heaven.

Yes, to slave! Instead of working for the daily bread, which every human being is commanded to do, to slave for it-and yet not be satisfied by it, because the care is to become rich. Instead of praying for the daily bread, to slave for it-because one became a slave of people and of one's care and forgot that it is to God one must pray for it. Instead of being willing to be what one is, poor, but also loved by God, which one certainly is, never happy in oneself, never happy in God, to damn oneself and one's life to this slaving in despondent grief X 27 22 Part One.

How dubious to have occasion almost every day to forget that one has received what one has; how blessed to be reminded of it every I. The Care if Poverty 17 day-that is, be reminded of one's Benefactor, that is, of one's God, one's Creator, one's Provider, one's Father in heaven, thus of the love for which alone it is worth living and which alone is worth living for! But then is the poor Christian indeed rich? Yes, he certainly is rich, and in fact you will recognize him by this: he does not want to speak about his earthly poverty but rather about his heavenly wealth.

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