Historia Søren Kierkegaard Research Paper

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The religious liberties in the June Constitution were the culmination of a “religious crisis” that began in the early 1800s. Clergy and lay people alike recognized a growing apathy towards religion. A Danish professor in 1843 noted, “An anxious anticipation” had arisen and the “unfulfilled aspiration” would result in “something new.” The State Church was so intertwined with the government that a complete “reinvigoration of religious faith” was necessary. Old and new ideas clashed in criticism of the existing traditional system.
The traditional system had intertwined the “Christian sphere” and the “political sphere” since the introduction of Christianity. In 965 Common Era, when Harald Bluetooth, the king of Denmark, first declared he had “made the Danes Christian,” he intertwined Christianity with politics. Scandinavian …show more content…

He published many ardent attacks on the State Church and its pastors. As a philosopher, Kierkegaard emphasized individually experiencing reality over abstract thinking and not blindly accepting public sentiments. His religious writings often dealt with the hypocrisy he felt existed in the Denmark’s religious system. In 1854, Kierkegaard published a political journal titled The Fatherland, so he “might attain an approximation to preaching in the street.” Through his publication he asserted that “the Christianity of the New Testament simply does not exist.” He continued that “under the guise of perfecting Christianity” reformers throughout the ages have “cheat[ed] God out of Christianity” and made “Christianity exactly the opposite of what it is in the New Testament.” His writings and books were well known, although Kierkegaard himself was not a popular person. He spent a considerable amount of his own money printing tracts he had written. Kierkegaard spent several years at universities but never was an ordained

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