Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Kierkegaard talks about when faith came into existence, on page 47 he writes, “If this is not faith, then Abraham is lost and faith has never existed in the world precisely because it has always existed.” That at this moment faith came into being; by virtue of the absurd it remains “inaccessible to thought”. Kierkegaard talks about faith as if it is something that is not compatible with human reason/understanding/thought. By Abrahams acting out of faith, he becomes superior to the universal (something we are all part of), thus is justified because he is in a direct one on one relationship to God. When he took this leap of faith, it is like it elevated him out of the realm of human reason, something much higher, something much greater, to think/act out of faith; to become superior to the universal which the ethical controls. By this he is justified by the mere fact that he is superior to that of what applies to all mankind, he breaks all boundaries set by the universal, by following the virtue of the absurd.