Kierkegaard reviled pastors as «counterfeiters of Christianity».

200th Birthday of Søren Kierkegaard (5.5.1813-11.11.1855) - Comment on 2013 May 5

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I now bring extracts from articles about Kierkegaard, which I read today.

See 2010 Sep 12 (2) – The theory for everything

The first article deals with the reflections of Kierkegaard, brings something about the existentialists and about philosophers, but also something about the culmination of the work of Kierkegaard: His publicist fight against sclerotic state churchianity, which is impressively described in his last book, Attack Upon „Christendom“:

200th Birthday of Søren Kierkegaard

Reflection from the beginning to the end

His publicist fight against sclerotic state churchianity.

One will even less be able to call the claim modest, which is connected with «pseudonym writing» in its entirety. As confided to his diary 1846, Kierkegaard makes allowance for his «merit of having expounded dialectically sharp and originally the decisive purpose of the complete extent of the existential» – and that in such a way as it «has not yet happened» before. This presumptuous claim and the attempt to redeem it, makes out of him who called himself a «religious writer» a philosopher – even when the philosophers are now and then mocked in his writings: «What the philosophers say about reality is often just as deceptive as when one reads a sign with a junk-dealer: The mangling is done here. When one would come with his stuff to get it mangled, then one would have been led up the garden path; because the sign is just up for sale.»

The second article is about Kierkegaard‘s Copenhagen and in it pastors are very nicely called «counterfeiters of Christianity». But the essential part of the work of Kierkegaard is expressed: to set oneself free from church clinch and to relate directly to God.

While the writer Peter Andreas Heiberg is banished from the country for life because of the poem «Medals are hanged on idiots» and of other cheeky verses. Without shedding of blood the kingdom gave itself a constitution in 1849. Democracy was a nightmare for Kierkegard and at the same time paradox hope: «A people government is the true picture of hell.» Conformism takes the place of authority; fear of God becomes fear of men. The decay however holds the possibility that the individual can directly relate to God by freeing himself from the clinch of the church.

He reviled pastors as «counterfeiters of Christianity», and he persistently demanded the separation of the church from the state – which until today has remained a pious hope.

Now follow extracts from an article which portrays Kierkegaard quite negatively. The reason for this is quite obvious when one then reads at the end of the article who the writer of the article is, „one of the most prominent Lutheran theologians of Germany.“ So the writer is a theologian, therefore a man of the church, the wrong church, the man-made church, which is sharply attacked by Kierkegaard and that particularly in his last work, Attack Upon „Christendom“, where it is so portrait as it really is.

200 years Kierkegaard

You church Christians, you shallow bourgeois!

Oldest known ancestor of fundamentalist piety: 200 years ago the Danish theologian and philosopher Søren Kierkegaard was born. Until today his effect in unbroken – and a dangerous fascination.

Dangerous, aggressive anti-rationalism: The influence of the Danish philosopher Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855) on faith fundamentalists is unbroken

Contempt for middle-class normality

The pious anarchist formulates an extreme scornful criticism “of what exists”, displaying deep contempt for all middle-class normality, i.e. of middle-class society and it’s supporting “people’s church”. Church Christians are to be shallow bourgeois, half, lying to themselves, but never “Christians in the absolute sense.”

In magnificent language pictures Kierkegaard describes the critical world distance of faith. Faith is completely dangerous for all worldly authorities because it “keeps what exists in the balance through absolute obedience with God”.

But who limits faith? Here lies the decisive weakness of Kierkegaard’s rhetoric of rational criticism of leap and decision. Kierkegaard is also a classic of science hate and culturally spirited hostility of sceptical reason and enlightenment. For ethical challenges of modern science societies he only gives one cynical answer: Withdraw into actual, true life, into inner thoughts and feelings. He despises compromises, discursive balance of interests and democratic seeking for agreement.

Not only reason has it’s limits, also faith. It is not allowed wanting to put itself in the place of God.

But exactly this it is what Kierkegaard has done and delivered with it a cognitive pattern for all those fundamentalist pious people, who want to acknowledge no limits and so destroy the basic foundations of civility.

So that were the extracts of an article about Kierkegaard, which was written by a theologian. The theologian, the man of the church, the man of the denomination of the Lutheran church, therefore calls his enemies, real Christians, fundamentalists. And this description, fundamentalists, I also found last year in an article, which was used by another theologian, the theologian Joseph Ratzinger, the man of the denomination of the Catholic Church, and who also gave his view on such fundamentalists and warned of them. Just three days ago I read about Ratzinger, Old-pope Ratzinger back in Vatican. And there it said: “When the emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, now pensioner Joseph Razinger, flew on Thursday afternoon with the helicopter over Rome to the Vatican … At 16.30 Ratzinger landed on the heliport of Vatican city.” We had 2013 Mar 23 – The decline of power of the Vatican: Joseph Ratzinger imprisoned for life and now, 6 weeks later, the holiday in Castel Gandolfo has ended, and now Ratzinger has to again use the helicopter to escape the danger of an arrest.

The Lutheran theologians and also the Catholic theologians therefore say about the real followers of Jesus Christ they are fundamentalists. It is a nice example that both of them belong to this system hostile to God: Orthodoxy. Their main matter is the fight against God. They are the true 2012 Jul 08 – Servants of Satan.

For the orthodox Jesus Christ is a fundamentalist who has to be fought against with all means.

The Lutheran theologian fights against the fundamentalist pious.

The fundamentalist pious can destroy the basic foundations of civility.

And civility ist worldliness. And worldliness is the world of orthodoxy, the world of the prince of this world. And the orthodox are his servants, servants of Satan.

So that was a Lutheran theologian, a university professor, a wolf in sheep clothing of highest order.

An orthodox theologian, a murderer of prophets as it says in the book: Matthew 23:29-39.

And now extracts from another article:

Born 200 years ago: the philosopher Sören Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard fetches so religiosity out of the realm of myth, makes faith to a question of decision – leap or do not leap – and knows that he thus builds his thinking building above the abyss. He has great problems with the official church. Because in Christian practice only, the radical lived caritas, it is proven for Kierkegaard whether someone carries out the leap to God. Many a pastor could not satisfy this claim.

And now extracts from a further article:

Kierkegaard at 200

The intellectual immortal Soren Kierkegaard turns 200 on Sunday. The lyrical Danish philosopher is widely regarded as the father of existentialism, a philosophical and literary movement that emphasizes the category of the individual and meditates on such gauzy questions as, Is there a meaning to life?

Not surprisingly, existentialism hit its zenith after humanity got a good look at itself in the mirror of the Holocaust, but then memories faded and economies boomed and existentialism began to seem a little overwrought.

Still, throughout the ups and downs of the scholarly market, the intellectual world has remained bullish on Kierkegaard, in part because the Dane, unlike other members of the Socrates guild, always addressed what human beings are really up against in themselves, namely, anxiety, depression, despair and the flow of time.

Although Kierkegaard never used the exact phrase, “the leap of faith,” those words have become his shibboleth. A Lutheran raised in a pietistic environment, Kierkegaard insisted that there was no being born into the fold; no easy passage, no clattering up a series of syllogisms to faith. For Kierkegaard, faith involved a collision with the understanding and a radical choice, or to use the terms of his singular best seller, life and faith demands an “Either/Or.” Believe or don’t believe, but don’t imagine you can have it both ways. As the mostly empty pews attest, much of Europe has taken Kierkegaard up on his challenge.

But Kierkegaard was more than a Luther of his Lutheran tradition; his writings bristle with insights about culture and humanity that can be redeemed in the currency of secularism.

For instance, Kierkegaard flourished at the inception of mass media. Daily and weekly journals and newspapers were just beginning to circulate widely. As though he could feel Facebook and Twitter coming down the line, he anticipated a time when communication would become instantaneous, but no one would have anything to say; or again, a time when everyone was obsessed with finding their voice but without much substance or “inwardness” behind their eruptions and blogposts.

In one of his books Kierkegaard moans, “The present age is an age of publicity, the age of miscellaneous announcements: Nothing happens but still there is instant publicity.” In the end, Kierkegaard was concerned about the power of the press to foment and form public opinion and in the process relieve of us of the need to think matters through on our own.

Over a 17-year span, Kierkegaard published a score of books and compiled thousand of pages of journal entries.

A short one:

Kierkegaard Turns 200

Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard’s 200th birthday is this weekend (May 5).

The man who made it his job to introduce Christianity afresh to a culture that thought it already believed in it.

And the next one:

Copenhagen: Søren Kierkegaard's legacy lives on

Søren Kierkegaard, whose bicentennial the city is celebrating from May 5, is known as the father of existentialism, the philosopher of anxiety and the scourge of the church.

And another short one:

Kierkegaard, the Great Communicator

Shortly before he died at age 42, he began a bitter ground war with the state Lutheran church.

And still another one:

Passionate thinker

Celebrating Kierkegaard

That Kierkegaard’s own funeral took place in the church where the official commemorations of his life will now commence is remarkable in itself, since there were many at the time who thought it highly inappropriate that a man whose life ended with a vitriolic attack on the church establishment should have such a funeral at all.

Some may think that royal celebrations, academic conferences and book festivals only add up to a case of whitewashing the tombs of the prophets. But if they are a sign that Kierkegaard is being read, that is good - and, as far as theology is concerned, it is even better if it is a sign that we are taking seriously the task of Christian witness in a world that is no longer in awe of the authority of hierarchies or Scriptures and that has become disconnected from its own defining traditions. It is better still if Kierkegaard can help the modern Christian to reconnect to the spiritual traditions that fed his own inner life and that, as he wrote in commenting on the lilies and the birds of the Sermon on the Mount, open a path to silence, obedience and joy in, with and under the conditions of modernity.

And still another short one:

To bring up Christendom to Christianity – to Sören Kierkegaard’s 200th birthday

Sören Kierkegaard, born on the 5th of May 1813 in Copenhagen, has greatest actuality for the churches today.

The philosopher and poet criticises the official degenerated Christianity, wanted to even rescue it from the church. To be a Christian is for Kierkegaard a historic task, which makes total demands on the Christian, no matter where in the world he stands and what he may be.

And still another one. It is the only article I read today that mentions his last work, "Der Augenblick" (Attack Upon “Christendom”):

Kierkegaard – man of the world, solitary person and church striker

Kierkegaard appeared as publisher of books, as author of newspaper articles and towards the end of his life as publisher of the magazine "Der Augenblick" (Attack Upon “Christendom”).

In the last years of his life his picture of “true Christianity” intensified. The claims of man were hardly claims which still can be met, Christianity of the moderate Danish state church was also no longer in accordance with his radical ideas and with that lost in his eyes the basic foundation of existence. In newspaper articles he attacked the Danish church. In his “church storm” he insinuated the official church is play-acting. He made it clear that his writings published up to then served the only purpose to gain attention as a thinker to be taken seriously for his fight against the established church.

And a last one.

The paradox of faith. For the 200th birthday of the philosopher and theologian Sören Kierkegaard

In the foreground stood the carrying out of being of man – as a unit of thinking, wanting and feeling, which must be created anew every moment. Kierkegaard’s science of existence, as he called his philosophical/theological project, did however not aim at the determining of the individual, but to anchor it in Christian faith.

In this religious sphere the individual is determined through its relationship to God. This relationship is distinguished through absolute truthfulness, which Kierkegaard missed in the Protestant official church and for which he stood up for all his life with greatest passion.

 

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