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Kierkegaard quotation should be read in context

Posted: May 31, 2008 1:24 a.m.
Updated: August 1, 2008 5:03 a.m.
I just wanted to comment on the Kierkegaard quote run in "The Still Small Editorial" on May 16: "To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily; to not dare is to lose one's self entirely."

I was hoping to put the quote within the context from which the author spoke. Though our current culture of thought probably interprets the above quote as taking a worldly risk (like pursuing a business venture or perhaps leaving one's spouse to begin a new life), Kierkegaard was actually speaking of faith in the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The "dare" mentioned in the quote is the same notion as the "leap of faith" Kierkegaard routinely spoke of. And to tie the quote in completely with its Christian roots, I'd like to point out its origin.

Jesus of Nazareth, whom Kierkegaard believed was God in the flesh, said in the book of Matthew, "Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it." That's the dare of which Kierkegaard spoke, adding that it was an "offense to reason."

Then again, Jesus said, "Blessed is he who does not take offense at Me."

Well, just thought some reader (singular intended) may appreciate the context of Kierkegaard's quote.


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