The Ideas Of Kierkegaard And Pascal

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There are some questions in the religious domain that reason cannot answer because there are situations in every religion that cannot logically be explained. Religions are not rational; therefore, reason alone is not adequate enough to validate religious truths. In this paper, I will demonstrate how reason and faith aren’t separate entities and how both are needed in order to explain all religious truths by examining the ideas of Kierkegaard and Pascal. I will also give a detailed explanation of fideism, show examples of irresponsible fideism and responsible fideism and then argue in favor of responsible fideism; faith fills in the gaps that are left void by reason.
A truly authentic faith is not one that is established upon the root of reason and scientific facts, but rather transcends those human accomplishments and challenges to understand God and the world as we know it, through an existentialist view. Belief should be purely a matter of the will. To have ultimate and unwavering faith in God, and Christian belief, is impossible to comprehend and that is exactly how the great theological philosopher Soren Kierkegaard saw the Christian faith. He stated that Christianity is unfeasible and is ridiculous in its claims of God becoming man. Blaise Pascal was another philosopher who had a somewhat different view of God, and faith. He explained that reason and faith were not enough to believe in God. According to Pascal, it was somewhat easier to have the choice to believe.…

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