Soren Kierkegaard's "The Sickness Unto Death" Book Review by P Anne

Soren Kierkegaard's "The Sickness Unto Death"
Reviews the theme and tone of "The Sickness unto Death" by Soren Kierkegaard.
# 108332 | 1,770 words | 0 sources | 2007 | CA

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This paper explains that, in "The Sickness unto Death", Soren Kierkegaard elucidates how despair is part of the Christian psychological awakening, which the author of this paper believes is similar to the theme and tone of the Book of Ecclesiastes. The paper explains that the risk taking propensity of adolescents and the corresponding consequences, as presented by Erikson's 5th stage of psycho-social development, goes well with Kierkegaard's ideas. The paper also relates that Kierkegaard is advocating for an authentic Christianity, first of all before God and then in front of others. Additionally, the paper relates that Kierkegaard wrote the book as a guide for the understanding of self and the necessity of faith.

From the Paper:

"Weaknesses in the evangelical world critiqued by Kierkegaard include the fact that many participate in Christian activity and yet do not become a self. Faith, wisdom (and self?) are not arrived at as a 'matter of course". He challenges that "he who defends it (Christianity) has never believed it. If he believes, then the enthusiasm of faith is not a defense - no, it is attack and victory; a believer is a victor" (p. 87). He also discusses sin and from my understanding would not want to place sin in categories or on a hierarchical ladder".

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