Friday, December 03, 2004

Kierkegaard: God's Implacable Foe

Here's a comical bit of know-nothing nonsense from Phil Brennan, one of the sanctimonious scolds at NewsMax, on the topic of "secular humanists":

In their intellectual egotism they echo Søren Kierkegaard's personal declaration of independence: that the thought of the existence of a Deity put a limit on his intelligence. Poor Søren, humbled by a higher being than himself.

Unfortunately for this braying chump, the "limit" on intelligence that Kierkegaard talks about has to do with the point at which faith must take over from reason, allowing recognition of religious truths that the intellect, in its limitation, dismisses as "absurd."

And he also said that "asserting the self without relation to God" is one of the pre-eminent forms of despair, despair being synonymous with sin, in his view.

Isn't it funny how a guy like Kierkegaard can devote his entire life to promoting Christianity, and still get called an arrogant atheist by right-wing cretins? If Kierkegaard can't live up to the moral standards of these folks, that certainly bodes ill for the rest of us!

Perhaps their real beef with Kierkegaard has to do with his having attacked the hypocrisy of state religion, particularly in its nationalist mode, which he viewed as a "forgery" of faith.

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