‘What, then, is the absurd?’ Celebrated Christian philosopher Søren Kierkegaard points to key Christian dogmas

The other famous Christian thinker I mentioned in my joint talk at Speakers Corner yesterday is Søren Kierkegaard the famous Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher (1813 – 1855). Kierkegaard had a major influence on Martin Heidegger and Ludwig Wittgenstein too.

He understood well the absurdity at the heart of Christianity:

What, then, is the absurd? The absurd is that the eternal truth has come into existence in time, that God has come into existence, has been born, has grown up, has come into existence exactly as an individual human being, indistinguishable from any other human being.

Concluding Unscientific Postscript

He could also have mentioned the absurdity of the idea that the eternal, immortal God died on the cross. The Bible is clear that God does not die, see 1 Timothy 6:15-16

Categories: Christianity, Philosophy, Quotation, Speakers Corner

2 replies

  1. You do not understand the nature of what Kierkegaard finds absurd. What Kierkegaard finds absurd is that the transcendent eternal God should interact with creation at all. These are this first two clauses. He would find Islam just as absurd because Allah gets his hands dirty making Adam and will appear in creation on Judgement Day Q. 75:22-23. From the view point of classical theism with a totally transcendent God, the concept of God in creation is absurd. Neither the Bible nor the Qur’an have this view of God’s transcendence.


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