If I were a father or had responsibility for someone and give an order and the person who should obey immediately went around saying that what I had said was beautiful, extraordinarily beautiful, so profoundly and supremely beautiful–I would say, “Go to blazes! Shut up and obey!” But this is the way certain orthodox people actually treat God and Christ–always this chatter about beautiful and beautiful, all this theatrical and festive dancing around. It seems to me that God and Christ must finally become weary of it and say, “Be human beings, period. Obey, fear, love, and none of this nonsense.”
–Søren Kierkegaard, Søren Kierkegaard’s Journals and Papers, ed. and trans. Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1967), vol. 1, #814 (VIII1 A 530, n.d., 1848), p. 372. Italics added.