A Summary, Analysis and Discussion of Søren Kierkegaard, Training in Christianity

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A summary, analysis and discussion of Søren Kierkegaard, Training in Christianity[1]

I. Introduction

In this essay, I will try to summarize, analyze and discuss several pages of Søren Kierkegaard’s Training in Christianity. I will try to focus on his approach to sacred history, a general Christian history and Christianity, which he discusses in this work in relation to faith in God. In other parts of this essay I will attempt also to relate these pages of his work to some key ideas of Kierkegaard’s theology and philosophy and support this with some concrete quotations from the text. In the end I will very briefly compare different philosophies of Hegel and Kierkegaard and try to relate Kierkegaard’s work to a few topics, which
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Christian has according to Kierkegaard nothing to learn from general history, teaching Christian history in schools is therefore pointless. ‘[…] true Christians […] have nothing to do with Christians of former generations, but everything to do with contemporary Christ.’[9] So does the history of Christianity of over 1800 years in Kierkegaard’s time (over 2000 in ours) have any significance at all? To this question would Kierkegaard probably give answer: ‘No’, as he gives answers to few similar questions he asks himself.

Firstly, he tries to give answer on question whether Jesus is always the same or he has changed in history and whether we can learn anything about him from history. To this question Kierkegaard responds: ‘Yes, He is the same yesterday and today.’[10] Therefore we can not learn anything new about him from history; we can know him only from sacred history. This means we can know God only as humbled, as ‘lowly one,’[11] but never as the one, who is in glory and who will in glory come. ‘about His coming again nothing can be known; in the strictest sense, it can only be believed.’[12]

Secondly, Kierkegaard asks himself, if one can prove from history that Christ was God. Here he answers: No. He argues that it is impossible to prove this using reason, because we can only prove that something is against reason and
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