Humble Courage: Kierkegaard on Abraham and Mary

This article presents a new interpretation of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling that focuses on the comparison between Abraham and Mary in this text. The readings of Genesis 22 and Luke 1 offered by Kierkegaard's pseudonym Johannes de silentio develop a poetic reconstruction of the biblical...

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Published in:Literature and theology
Main Author: Carlisle, Clare 1977-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Oxford Univ. Press [2016]
In:Literature and theology
Year: 2016, Volume: 30, Issue: 3, Pages: 278-292
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:This article presents a new interpretation of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling that focuses on the comparison between Abraham and Mary in this text. The readings of Genesis 22 and Luke 1 offered by Kierkegaard's pseudonym Johannes de silentio develop a poetic reconstruction of the biblical characters by imagining their inwardness. In both cases, the inwardness of faith is depicted as 'humble courage', a virtue that involves silence and listening. The article argues that it is this virtue, and not obedience, that constitutes the heart of Kierkegaardian faith, and situates this conception of faith within Kierkegaard's broader theological view.
ISSN:1477-4623
Contains:Enthalten in: Literature and theology
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1093/litthe/fru066