Attack upon Christendom

Attack upon Christendom

Søren Kierkegaard Walter Lowrie / Feb 29, 2020

Attack upon Christendom A religious diatribe written from within the Church against the established order of things in a presumably Christian land

  • Title: Attack upon Christendom
  • Author: Søren Kierkegaard Walter Lowrie
  • ISBN: 9780691019505
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • A religious diatribe written from within the Church against the established order of things in a presumably Christian land.

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      • Søren Kierkegaard Walter Lowrie

        S ren Aabye Kierkegaard was a prolific 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian Kierkegaard strongly criticised both the Hegelianism of his time and what he saw as the empty formalities of the Church of Denmark Much of his work deals with religious themes such as faith in God, the institution of the Christian Church, Christian ethics and theology, and the emotions and feelings of individuals when faced with life choices His early work was written under various pseudonyms who present their own distinctive viewpoints in a complex dialogue.Kierkegaard left the task of discovering the meaning of his works to the reader, because the task must be made difficult, for only the difficult inspires the noble hearted.Scholars have interpreted Kierkegaard variously as an existentialist, neo orthodoxist, postmodernist, humanist, and individualist.Crossing the boundaries of philosophy, theology, psychology, and literature, he is an influential figure in contemporary thought.


    1. The primary target of Kierkegaard's charge is the idea that an incorporated church can produce real Christians and promote true Christianity. "Impossible!", he proclaims with the whole of his wit, logical force and knack for accessible supporting analogies. The Danish idea of Christianity, in Kierkegaard's mind, was similar to the American idea of Christianity. At birth and death, each human being is pronounced decidedly Christian in word, thought and deed, regardless of whether the purpose of t [...]

    2. Skates along edge of suffering for it's own sake. Neglects doctrine of justification by faith alone. Has a sub-Biblical view of marriage and children. But he has a prophetic voice and overall the book is very helpful. The spiritual deadness of the state "church" goes far to explain how a "Christian Nation" could have participated in the abuses of colonialism. I read this after it was recommended on Tim Bayly's blog.Quotes:"But the Protestant clergy still continue to have a curious crotchet in th [...]

    3. "People who themselves have their heart in the throat, upon the lips, in the trousers, in short, everywhere except in the right place, quite naturally blame for heartlessness precisely that man who has his heart in the right place. That is to say, after they have vainly looked for his heart in every place they know of, they are convinced that he has no heart; for he has it in the right place, and it does not occur to them to look there."My own words shall follow, once the maelstrom has subsided. [...]

    4. Kierkegaard riddles Christianity with indictment for its lack of integrity, with a strength akin to Sam Harris. This is not a delineation between the "nominal Christians" and the "real Christians" as the Christian community likes to say indignantly, but rather a sucker punch to all who claim the name Christian, even the most earnest, who do so without a sense of suffering and fear.This is a collection of essays - a collection of collections of essays actually (sub-books) - which make up the grea [...]

    5. This work is simply pure fury and rage against establishment Christianity expressed with the sharpest barbs and wit a literary genius is capable of. Absolutely no-holds barred, nothing spared and gloves-off in his relentless salvo against the Christianity which has been comfortably established in the 19th century.What prompted these series of writings was a eulogy given at a bishop's funeral where it was said of him that he was a "witness to the truth". To this Kierkegaard reacted in rage as he [...]

    6. Not for everyone, but for the right person, kind of a blast. This collects a bunch of screeds Kierkegaard wrote excoriating the church of his day for being fat, self-satisfied, complacent, and entirely indistinguishable from being a good Danish bourgeois. It's actually shockingly contemporary -- the whole history of mainline Protestantism in the United States and Canada being the gradual collapse of Christianity into the sociology of the neighbourhood the church is in. Kierkegaard wants instead [...]

    7. Well, I didn't totally finish it. It's very well-written, and Kierkegaard's satire is at its sharpest. But it is just really, really repetitive. In context, at the time, as an ongoing argument, it makes sense. But I can't say I read it all--it didn't take long to get the point. Some very good points are made, though, even for modern Christians.

    8. This is the compilation of letters and articles Kierkegaard wrote to those in the Danish State Church, specifically naming Mynster and Martensen among others. His desire is a return to New Testament Christianity and an honest confession of corruption from the Danish church. Definitely a book worth reading at this time in American history.

    9. Viewed by many as an attack but upon reading should be used as a helpful tool in bettering your christian ideals/lifestyle

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