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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 28, John Lucy rated it it was amazing. I can't really review Kierkegaard because I'm entirely biased.
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It's almost to the point where if you tell me what one of his works is on, I can tell you what I think on the subject and it will be almost exactly what Kierkegaard says. That first reading of him a few years ago forever changed the trajectory of I can't really review Kierkegaard because I'm entirely biased.
That first reading of him a few years ago forever changed the trajectory of my thought and faith, and now I am almost in-synch with him. Of course, there's a big difference between conversing with me and conversing with Soren Aabye Kierkegaard. If you are a Christian, he is a must-read. If you are not a Christian but are at all interested in religion, he is a must-read. If you are not even that but at all interested in what the meaning of words like "love" or "freedom" are, he is a must-read. Though his language is sometimes hard to follow, you can quickly get the hang of it.
Once you get the hang of the language his arguments and logic are easy to follow and very reasonable. Unlike most philosophers and theologians, he does not simply throw out ideas and barely back himself up with evidence. No, Kierkegaard generally approaches every topic, every argument, from a number of different angles before he comes to a conclusion to ensure that he is being true to life and true to the spirit of the Bible he does not use the Bible as evidence for anything.
Instead he explains the Bible, or simply takes an attitude from the Bible and then doesn't mention it at all. This book is particularly good for those seeking to understand what "church" means to them. The argument is very unique and for many people will perhaps be shocking. View 1 comment. Oct 26, Fariba rated it liked it. Although I gave this book only three stars, there was a lot that was great about this work. Most of Practice in Christianity is centered around the verse from John And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all to myself.
Kierkegaard is also trying to Although I gave this book only three stars, there was a lot that was great about this work. Kierkegaard is also trying to learn from Anti-Climacus. The problem in Kierkegaard's Danish State Church and certainly in our own churches is that being Christian is like being Danish.
It is a label and nothing more. Christianity is preached on Sunday and people attend church every Sunday, but people are more interested in admiring Christ rather than imitating him. Anti-Climacus argues that the problem is that people are no longer contemporaneous with Christ. Following Jesus means accepting the suffering and possibly martyrdom that comes along the way.
Spirit is the denial of direct immediacy. If Christ is true God, then he also must be unrecognizable, attired in unrecognizability, which is the denial of all straightforwardness. Direct recognizability is specifically characteristic of the idol. But this is what people make Christ into, and this is supposed to be earnestness.
They take the direct statement and fantastically form a character corresponding to it preferably sentimental, with the gentle look, the friendly eye, or whatever else such a foolish pastor can hit upon , and then it is directly altogether certain that Christ is God. What abominable, sentimental frivolity!
No, one does not manage to become Christian at such a cheap price! He is the sign of contradiction, and by the direct statement he attaches himself to you only so that you must face the offense of the contradiction, and the thoughts of your heart are disclosed as you choose whether you will believe or not. I understand that Grace is often taken in vain but I have always believed that the way to combat a perceived heresy is not to go to the opposite extreme. Sometimes, I got the feeling that discipleship was impossible. The book was also too long in my opinion.
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William Law. John Calvin. Augustine of Hippo. John F. Home Contact us Help Free delivery worldwide. I found it a little comforting when I had reached the end of some 4 or 5 extremely boring pages to see a footnote from the translator basically admitting to how dull a read these last 4 or 5 pages have been. But still, I wasn't strongly moved by anything mentioned in here.
Perhaps one or two quotes were actually worth keeping in mind in the future. My favorite, so far, in his critique of Christendom, and much more accessible than his philosophical works.
His religious writings soar far above theological abstractions and the priest class, whether homely or institutionalized, that the individual trying to become a Christian is painfully reminded who Jesus actually was to him contemporaries. Kierkegaard has been widely sourced by existentialist writers who loved his emphasis on the individual but eschewed his choice of struggling to become a My favorite, so far, in his critique of Christendom, and much more accessible than his philosophical works.
Kierkegaard has been widely sourced by existentialist writers who loved his emphasis on the individual but eschewed his choice of struggling to become a Christian. Kierkegaard's milieu was so different from our own, but contemporaneity with Jesus is always possible if one isn't trying to avoid the cost of discipleship for cheap grace. Nov 30, Alex Obrigewitsch rated it liked it. Certainly not my favorite of Kierkegaard's works. Here the writings center once again around the fallen nature of the Danish Church in Kierkegaard's time.
He believed that the people's admiration of Christ was an affront to God, for he asked to be followed, to be imitated. One must attempt to lived the worldly abased life like that of Christ, following the Imitatio Christi. Apr 22, Peter Prentice rated it liked it Shelves: existentialism , historical , religious , political. Much like The Sickness unto Death, Practice in Christianity is a fine text that scrutinises but also attempts to understand the ever pushing requirement to imitate the perfect, for religious people. He provides valuable insight into the notion of that who has faith, particularly this notion of a 'leap'.
Mar 21, Benjamin Moore rated it really liked it. Sep 20, Mona Bomgaars rated it liked it. A difficult read. It helps to have someone to discuss it with. I most appreciated the section on followers versus admirers as it reflects on Jesus, the God-Man.
drved.3callistos.com/7535.php Jun 09, Glen rated it liked it. This is one of two books SK published under the pseudonym Anti-Climacus, intended as a Christian counterpoint to one of his other pseudonyms, Johannes Climacus. Kierkegaard himself ranked his place a little higher than the latter, but not as high as the former. That is, he allows Anti-Climacus to speak to matters in a way that would have seems presumptuous or embarrassing to he, Kierkegaard. In point of fact no one in Copenhagen had any doubt about who the agent that put pen to paper in the This is one of two books SK published under the pseudonym Anti-Climacus, intended as a Christian counterpoint to one of his other pseudonyms, Johannes Climacus.
In point of fact no one in Copenhagen had any doubt about who the agent that put pen to paper in these works really was, but SK himself would insist that the pseudonyms, though his creation, are in fact the actual authors of the books that bear their name. In my opinion, this book, intended as a sequel to the much shorter and much more interesting Sickness Unto Death is more of a sermon or series of sermons than a philosophical treatise.
I am not a believer, so perhaps it is inevitable that I would find myself a little put off by the book, but I have read Kierkegaard with enjoyment and fascination since my first encounter with his writings in , and devoted fully a third of my doctoral dissertation to his thought. I do not regard this as one of his best books, but I do regard it as a fully developed statement of his contempt for the pretentiousness and complacency of Danish Christendom, of his own passionate interest in and uncertainty about what it means to be a true Christian, and a pious declaration of love and devotion to his savior.
I would recommend a different volume above this, a series of his "Edifying Discourses" rendered more literally as "Upbuilding" in the Hongs' translation of the 18 SK published simultaneously with his pseudonymous output. As always in this volume the Hong and Hong translation is a labor of love and thoroughness, with lots of notes and inclusion of many references to drafts and to Kierkegaard's voluminous journals.
May 11, Justin rated it it was amazing. My favorite work by Kierkegaard that I've read so far. A challenging book in the best sense, though also one of his most readable. It carries you along in a deep dive into what Christ is all about. Along the way Kierkegaard dismantles popular notions at least popular in the 19th century Denmark, but generally still very relevant today of Christ. Kierkegaard's main task is to, in a sense, remove many of the religious paradigms that enshroud Christ in our minds and distances us from just how singular He is.
Highly recommended, especially for Christians - however non-Christians will benefit from reading an in-depth look at what makes Christ such a radical figure radical in every sense with almost no reference to dogma except occasionally to dismantle it when Kierkegaard finds it suspect. I love saying the author's name. I don't love reading his books. It is probably the language of a mid 19th century Danish author but as I read it I felt like I was back in my Religion class in undergrad. Slow, dull, boring and a fight to get through. Books shouldn't be that way. His ideas may be great but the presentation was lacking.
I know the response will be "How dare you? Kierkegaard is a genius. Jan 18, Vince rated it really liked it Shelves: philosophy , religion. Need to have read "Fear and Trembling", "The Concept of Anxiety", and "Sickness unto Death" and maybe an interpretive text as well. Then "Practice in Christianity" examines the 'true Christian" in contrast to the totalitarianism of Hegel's philosophy which was informing the Evangelical Church in Europe. Jan 10, Austin Sill rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Perhaps the most important book I have read on Christianity to date.
Kierkegaard's perspective, although years passed, couldn't be more relevant to the current struggle of essential Christianity within the modern context of established, evangelical Christendom. A must read for anyone who desires a more "true" faith. Dec 13, Kafkasfriend rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian , worship.
What it means to be a Christian and how Christianity is a being in the world. For Kirekegaard Christianity was not a subject of debate one either was or was not faith is not a thing to be considered only its practice can be considered and debated and this is what his entire works are about.
Read one read the rest and you will never need to read anything else. Jan 06, Reinier Markus rated it really liked it Shelves: religion. I read the Dutch translation.