By Søren Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard, a poet of beliefs and practitioner of the oblique technique, additionally had an instantaneous and polemical facet. He published this in different writings all through his occupation, culminating within the second, his assault opposed to the confirmed ecclesiastical order.

Kierkegaard was once moved to criticize the church by way of his transformations with Bishop Mynster, Primate of the Church of Denmark. even supposing Mynster observed in Kierkegaard a supplement to himself and his outlook, Kierkegaard challenged Mynster to recognize the emptying and estheticizing of Christianity that had happened in sleek Christendom. for 3 years Kierkegaard used to be silent, ready. while Mynster died, he used to be memorialized as "an genuine truth-witness" within the "holy chain of truth-witnesses that stretches in the course of the a long time from the times of the apostles." This struck Kierkegaard as blasphemous and encouraged him to put in writing a sequence of articles in Fædrelandet, which he with ten numbers of the pamphlet the instant. This quantity comprises the articles from Fædrelandet, all numbers of the instant, and a number of other overdue items of Kierkegaard's writing.

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