Kierkegaard's Effect On Religion

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Finally, I want to synthetize what general indications we can obtain from Kierkegaard concerning the work of irony on religious rituals. As discussed above, human beings naturally put themselves forward, presenting pretenses of themselves. These, are always oriented toward the achievement of some ideals of human excellence and they aproximate to these ideals through enacting social practices attached to them. As regards religion and religious pretenses in particular, a distinct role is played by a religious tradition's rituals. This point is made very clearly by Rappaport; however, for the reasons mentioned above, his ideas concerning the irrelevance of the internal acceptance of a ritual's implications by its practitioners are at best dubious.

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