Søren Kierkegaard

Born on May 5th, 1813, Søren Kierkegaard was an outstanding philosopher and theologian. A devout Christian, Kierkegaard wrote mainly about philosophy and Christendom. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a "single individual" in this world. This differs vastly from than the idealist philosophers of his time.

While Kierkegaard wrote prolifically, he is unique in that almost all of his work deals with the concept of Christian love. In the last years before his death in 1855, he was an outspoken critic of the Church of Denmark and organized living.

Works

It is through these writings that we can understand the concepts of Christian living better. While Kierkegaard has written many outstanding philosophical works, such as Either/Or and Fear and Trembling, we have focused on the later works of his life, mainly his Attack on Christendom, which we feel are especially powerful writing.

Attack on Christendom

It is in these essays we feel Kierkegaard's strongest feelings about Christianity. For instance, take this quote: People had not so much as the courage and honesty and truth to say to God bluntly, "That I cannot agree to," they resorted to hypocrisy and thought they were perfectly secure.

Kierkegaard, like us, thought the priests and the laity both did great disservice to God by not following what the Bible had to say. Is this the same teaching, when Christ says to the rich young man, "Sell all that thou hast, and give it to the poor"; and when the priest says, "Sell all that thou hast and... give it to me."?

Kierkegaard brilliantly puts on display the hypocrisy of everyone involved in the church. Even though his works are over 170 years old, they are still well worth the read.

Other Christian Works Worth Mentioning

We do not believe that Attacks on Christendom is Kierkegaard's only work worth preserving, however we have not been able to preserve his other works yet:

Works of Love

Christian Discourses

Practice in Christianity