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Kierkegaard on faith and self book

“God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.”

Just as the concept “faith” is an altogether distinctively Christian term, so in turn is “offense” an altogether distinctively Christian term relating to faith. The possibility of offense is the crossroad, or it is like standing at the crossroad. From the possibility of offense, one turns either to offense or to faith, but one never comes to faith except from the possibility of offense…. Offense…relates to the God-man and has two forms. It is either in relation to the loftiness that one is offended, that an individual human being claims to be God, acts or speaks in a manner that manifests God…or the offense is in relation to lowliness, that the one who is God is this lowly human being, suffering as a lowly human being…. The God-man is the paradox, absolutely the paradox. Therefore, it is altogether certain that the understanding must come to a standstill on it

“The choice to obey God unconditionally is a true existential ‘either/or’ decision faced by the individual. Either one chooses to live in faith (the religious stage) or to live ethically (the ethical stage). In Either/Or, Kierkegaard insists that the single individual has ethical responsibility of his life.”

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“Faith is the objective uncertainty with the repulsion of the absurd, held fast in the passion of inwardness, which is the relation of inwardness intensified to its highest…. Faith must not be satisfied with incomprehensibility, because the very relation to or repulsion from the incomprehensible, the absurd, is the expression for the passion of faith.”

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