Gleanings: The Explosive Nature of Christianity

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove recently posted this quotation from Soren Kierkegaard, saying that it has “rocked his world.”   Like Jonathan, I find Kiekegaard’s words (below and elsewhere in his writings) to be places of awakening and challenge.  So, I pass this on to you….

The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we as Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world? Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.”

-Soren Kierkegaard

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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2 Responses to Gleanings: The Explosive Nature of Christianity

  1. Scouse says:

    Very challenging stuff…

  2. prayingrevolution says:

    Amen and Amen!

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