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For Self-Examination and its significant other piece pass judgement on for your self! are the fruits of Søren Kierkegaard's "second authorship," which his Concluding Unscientific Postscript. one of the least difficult and so much quite simply comprehended of Kierkegaard's books, the 2 works are a part of the signed direct communications, as exotic from his past pseudonymous writings. The lucidity and pithiness, and the earnestness and gear, of For Self-Examination and decide for your self! are more desirable while, as Kierkegaard asked, they're learn aloud. They comprise the well known passages on Socrates' safeguard speech, tips to learn, the lover's letter, the royal coachman and the carriage crew, and the painter's relation to his portray. the purpose of awakening and inward deepening is signaled via the hole part on Socrates in For Self-Examination and is pursued within the context of the family members of Christian ideality, grace, and reaction. The secondary goal, a critique of the status quo, hyperlinks the works to the ultimate polemical writings that seem later after a four-year interval of silence.

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And then, then-yes, then I am trapped. Then either straightway into action-or immediately a humbling admission. Oh, to be alone with Holy Scripture-and if you are not, then you are not reading Holy Scripture. That being alone with God's Word is a dangerous matter is implicitly admitted also by more competent people. Possibly there was someone (a competent and earnest person, even if we cannot laud his conclusion) who said to himself, "I am no good at doing anything halfway-and this book, God's Word, is an extremely dangerous book for me.

That being alone with God's Word is a dangerous matter is implicitly admitted also by more competent people. Possibly there was someone (a competent and earnest person, even if we cannot laud his conclusion) who said to himself, "I am no good at doing anything halfway-and this book, God's Word, is an extremely dangerous book for me. And it is an imperious book-if one gives it a finger, it takes the whole hand; if one gives it the whole hand, it takes the whole man and may suddenly and radically change my whole life on a prodigious scale.

That for which he has suffered in spiritual trial must now be transposed into actuality. Do you think he enjoys it? Truly, rest assured that anyone who comes down these paths shouting with joy has not been called. There is not one of those called who has not preferred to be exempted, not one who, as a child begs and pleads to be let off, has not pleaded for himself, but it does not help--he must go on. Thus he knows that when he now takes this step the terror will rise up. When the terror rises up, the person who is not called becomes so alarmed that he turns and runs.

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