For Self-Examination/Judge for Yourselves : Kierkegaard's by Søren Kierkegaard, Howard V. Hong, Edna H. Hong
By Søren Kierkegaard, Howard V. Hong, Edna H. Hong
For Self-Examination and its spouse piece Judge for Yourself! are the end result of Søren Kierkegaard's "second authorship," which his Concluding Unscientific Postscript. one of the least difficult and so much simply comprehended of Kierkegaard's books, the 2 works are a part of the signed direct communications, as exclusive from his past pseudonymous writings. The lucidity and pithiness, and the earnestness and gear, of For Self-Examination and Judge for Yourself! are better while, as Kierkegaard asked, they're learn aloud. They include the well known passages on Socrates' safeguard speech, the way to learn, the lover's letter, the royal coachman and the carriage group, and the painter's relation to his portray. the purpose of awakening and inward deepening is signaled via the outlet part on Socrates in For Self-Examination and is pursued within the context of the family members of Christian ideality, grace, and reaction. The secondary objective, a critique of the status quo, hyperlinks the works to the ultimate polemical writings that seem later after a four-year interval of silence.
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Lutheran doctrine is excellent, is the truth. With regard to this excellent Lutheran doctrine, I have but one misgiving. It does not concern Lutheran doctrine--no, it concerns myself: I have become convinced that I am not an honest soul but a cunning fellow. ), the minor premise in Lutheran doctrine. Not that the minor premise should now be made the major premise, not that faith and grace should be abolished or disparaged-God forbidno, it is precisely for the sake of the major premise, and because I am the kind of fellow I am, it certainly becomes most proper to pay more attention to the minor premise in Lu- What Is Required 25 theran doctrine-for in relation to "honest souls" nothing needs to be done.
Luther says: It depends on faith alone. He himself does not say that his life expresses works, and since he is now dead it is no longer an actuality. So we take his words, his doctrine-and we are free from all works-long live Luther! Wer nicht liebt Weiher, Wein, Gesang I Er wird ein Narr sein Leben lang [Who loves not women, wine, and song I He is a fool his whole life long]. " Even though not everyone took Luther in vain in such a downright secular way-in every human being there is an inclination either to want to be meritorious when it comes to works or, when faith and grace are to be emphasized, also to want to be free from works as far as possible.
In other words, when you are reading God's Word, it is not the obscure passages that bind you but what you understand, and with that you are to comply at once. If you understood only one single passage in all ofHoly Scripture, well, then you must do that first of all, but you do not first have to sit down and ponder the obscure passages. God's Word is given in order that you shall act according to it, not that you shall practice interpreting obscure passages. If you do not read God's Word in such a way that you consider that the least little bit you do understand instantly binds you to do accordingly, then you are not reading God's Word.