Wednesday, October 1

Fear and Trembling - Søren Kierkegaard (1843)

Wikipedia - "Fear and Trembling ... is an influential philosophical work by Søren Kierkegaard, published in 1843 under the pseudonym Johannes de silentio (John of the Silence). The title is a reference to a line from Philippians 2:12, '...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.' - itself a probable reference to Psalms 55:5, 'Fear and trembling came upon me...' (the Greek is identical). Kierkegaard wanted to understand the anxiety that must have been present in Abraham when 'God tested [him] and said to him, take Isaac, your only son, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering on the mountain that I shall show you.' Abraham had a choice to complete the task or to forget it. He resigned himself to the three and a half day journey and to the loss of his son."
Fear and Trembling by Sören Kierkegaard

2011 July: Søren Kierkegaard, 2013 April: Repetition (1843), 2013 December: The Quotable Kierkegaard.