A bunch of scheming swindlers

“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 whole life will be ruined!”

– Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, theologian, and ethicist (1813-1855)


~ by humblemonkey on July 30, 2009.

One Response to “A bunch of scheming swindlers”

  1. What a pledge! My sister really likes Kierkegaard. And I spoke with a philosophical counselor once, and he recommended Kierkegaard as the philosopher with whom I’ll most connect. I operate well in threes, so maybe I’ll actually read something of his now that you’re the third to mention him.

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