Fear And Trembling

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The philosophical work, “Fear and Trembling,” written by Soren Kierkegaard, is one of the most talked about works in history dealing with teleology. Kierkegaard elaborates in his work by discussing the story of Abraham in the Bible. Abraham is required to sacrifice his own son and, since the story has been known, he has been recognized as the symbol of faith throughout many religions. Kierkegaard acknowledges the story and uses an alias named “Johannes de Silentio” to discuss it and to show how Abraham is associated with faith. In his writing, Kierkegaard gives his own testament of what faith truly is and how one can find it. Throughout this paper I will be discussing how faith is described and how it can be... View More »

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" In this quote Kierkegaard is describing the existence of faith in one’s own personal life. By not reaching the suggested stage, one cannot reach ‘faith’ in his existence. By not discovering faith, one can then assume that it does not truly exist, for one cannot have faith until he experiences it and reaches it in his life.
Kierkegaard’s text is a great inspiration for those who have lost faith. Through my reading I was able to discover how that could be so. He offers many different explanations of how one can discover his faith whether he had it before or not. I personally have not lost my faith, but I do agree with the majority of Kierkegaard’s ideas. He explains that one must use his life to discover what is true. He also leaves it up to the individual for his own purposes to decide to believe in God. One particular reason I agree with the things he suggests is primarily because ultimately it is all up to me. For once I am being told that it is up to me to decide. Yes, in religion I have been asked if I believed in something higher in power than myself, but in reality I was being told what and what not to believe. It is ultimately up to an individual to decipher what faith is and use his own methods to find it. Faith can be explained differently by different people, so by using the suggestions Kierkegaard makes we are able to decide what we want to believe without others’ differing opinions being thrown onto us and causing newly formed opinions to be biased. One thing that I really liked about the text was Kierkegaard’s description of the story of Abraham. Personally ...

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