Thursday, October 04, 2007

Kierkegaard QOTD

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.

7 comments:

Quin Finnegan said...

Quite frankly, Soren needed to get out and enjoy a sunset once in a while. Or let go of Leviticus and the Letter to the Hebrews long enough to read this:

"Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth
for your love is better than wine.
Your oils have a pleasing fragrance.
Your name is oil poured forth,
therefore the virgins love you.
Take me away with you.
Let us hurry.
The king has brought me into his chambers.
Friends,
We will be glad and rejoice in you.
We will praise your love more than wine!
Beloved
They are right to love you.
I am dark, but lovely ..."

The Ironic Catholic said...

Song of Songs? This is a rated G site, friend.

OK, I agree, but isn't he delightfully cranky sometimes?

Allen said...

Yes, but what we all want to know is, What did Kierkegaard's cat think about the subject?

angelmeg said...

I do think that obedience is the last virtue we tend to think of when it comes to God.

I know that I have found by trial and error that the more immediate the obedience the less likely I will have to endure the conesquences of choosing my will over His.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Kierkegaard's cat was a pampered puss who thought that if SK had had a nice bowl of ice cream, his problems would be overwith and existentialism wouldn't exist.

Kitty also liked Regine.

Martin said...

Actually I was mindful of the parable of the sons: One who said yes, and went on his way and the other who said, no, and then rethought it.

If this had been a contempory quote I would have thought the author was taking a swipe at the Prayer and Praise crowd.

MissJean said...

Well, I suppose if you HATED your son you'd tell him to shut up and just do as he was told. Luckily, God doesn't hate us. :)