Friday, April 22, 2005

Kierkegaard: 'A bunch of scheming swindlers'

I read this today on

"The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church's prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament."

- Soren Kierkegaard


Blogger Peter J Walker said...

For years, every time I want to use this quote - and I use it all the time - I google "Kierkegaard" and "swindlers" and fine this post. Good work. Thanks for the continued reference.

Peter Walker

2:28 p.m.  

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