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Fear And Trembling Essay

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In Soren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling an ongoing theme is faith and it is shown and portrayed through the actions of Abraham. The Bible passage of Genesis 22 is an example of the large amount of faith that was shown and portrayed because of the circumstances that were placed right in the face of Abraham. At the time when the sacrifice of his only son Isaac was demanded of him, there was no questioning, hesitation, or objection to what had to be done. In Genesis 22:11-12, it states 11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, ...view middle of the document...

The Knight of Infinite Resignation, the last stop before real faith, is one in which has ethics that are universal. Kierkegaard says, “Faith is a marvel, and yet no human being is excluded from it; for that in which all human life is united is passion, and faith is a passion” (Kierkegaard 67). This person is only worried about this world and themselves. This person also is not completely against the absurd, but instead is more worried about this world and the people that are on it. On the other hand, there is the Knight of Faith, which is a person who puts all of their faith in God and themselves. The Knight of Faith is one who has experienced what Kierkegaard calls “The Leap of Faith into the absurd.” Because the religious is the absurd we must put all faith in God and take the “leap,” which is the choice in whether to live the religious way of life or not. The Knight of Infinite Resignation and the Knight of Faith contrast because once the Knight of Infinite Resignation realizes that because of the absurd the love is impossible, the knight then expresses the love spiritually and “waves the claim” to having it in a tangible sense. In the same situation, when the Knight of Faith realizes the impossibility of the love, the knight embraces it but not once denies the impossibility. The Knight of Faith renounced the claim to the love, which is the content of the life and realizes that it will happen because with God all things are possible.

The topic of the duty to God also shows another contrast in The Knight of Faith and the Knight of Infinite Resignation. The Knight of Infinite resignation cannot understand the commandment from God. Kierkegaard states “The duty becomes duty to God by being referred to God, but I do not enter into relation with God in the duty itself”(Kierkegaard 96). This connects with the story of Abraham because a Knight of Infinite resignation will not understand the motivation for Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac. The only way that you could understand is to transform from a Knight of Infinite Resignation to a Knight of Faith through experience. By Abraham accepting the commandment of sacrificing his only son Isaac he was not only a Knight of Faith but became known as the Father of Faith. He himself was the only person that could understand why he was willing to sacrifice Isaac. In his eyes his duty to God was...

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