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The Book on Adler
Kierkegaard was driven to write "The Book on Adler" after news spread that a Danish pastor, Adolph P. Adler, claimed to have experienced a revelation in which Christ dictated a new doctrine. Like many others, Kierkegaard was intrigued by Adler--but for different reasons than most. Over the eight years during which Kierkegaard worked on the manuscript, the phenomenon of Adl ...more
Hardcover, Kierkegaard's Writings, #24, 480 pages
Published March 16th 1998 by Princeton University Press
(first published 1986)
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Although one cannot deny offended people talent and daimonic inspiration, they ordinarily nevertheless tend to be somewhat obtuse on the whole -- that is, they really do not know quite how one is to go about the matter in order to do harm. They attack Christianity, but they place themselves outside it, and for that very reason they do no harm. No, the offended person must try to come to grips with Christianity in a completely different way, try to push up like a mole in the middle of Christendom ...more
The case for (but mostly against) Magister Adler, yes, but mostly springboard for thoughts on writing (authorship), revelation, the age (and man) of movement, the extraordinary individual, the ethical as measuring-rod, silence (and, amidst it, inwardness), Christianity as history (the eighteen hundred years), the long and the short (fortuitous length), the apostle (grounded in authority) vs the genius (grounded in the self), dizziness (and discipline), Hegel, the Hegelian as country pastor, what ...more
Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a prolific 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian. Kierkegaard strongly criticised both the Hegelianism of his time and what he saw as the empty formalities of the Church of Denmark. Much of his work deals with religious themes such as faith in God, the institution of the Christian Church, Christian ethics and theology, and the emotions and feelings of individua ...moreMore about Søren Kierkegaard