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I Know This Moment To Be True: Some Thoughts on DT Max's Reading of His Biography of David Foster Wallace

I Know This Moment To Be True: Some Thoughts on DT Max’s Reading of His Biography of David Foster Wallace

…d of God, in any book later than like Dostoyevsky. I mean the culture, it’s all wrong for it now. You know? No, no. Plausibly realistic characters don’t sit around talking about this stuff.” (fn 4) Quote from Encounters with Kierkegaard: A Life As Seen By His Contemporaries by Bruce Kirmmse (fn 5) Whenever I introduce Kierkegaard like that and say, “The Danish philosopher,” or if we want to get all techno-weenie with it, “The…

Soren Kierkegaard and Charlie Brown: The Original Mockingbirds

Soren Kierkegaard and Charlie Brown: The Original Mockingbirds

…ithin them than any objection men can usually hold consciously.” As a result, he advocated what Soren Kierkegaard called “indirect communication” as a means of talking about Christianity with non-adherents. Kierkegaard wrote:  “If one is to lift up the whole age one must truly know it. That is why those ministers of Christianity who begin at once with orthodoxy have so little effect and only on so few. . . . One must…

Another Week Ends: St. Paul’s Gift, Princeton’s Fifth Quintile, Biden’s Kierkegaard, Russia’s Soul, Pixar’s SadLab, and the Peak of Television

Another Week Ends: St. Paul’s Gift, Princeton’s Fifth Quintile, Biden’s Kierkegaard, Russia’s Soul, Pixar’s SadLab, and the Peak of Television

…watched the interview, well, go ahead and do that, but Biden describes a note that his wife left him on his mirror, which read, “Faith sees best in the dark,” which comes from Kierkegaard. Apparently, says Joel Rasmussen of Kierkegaard’s phrase, this is the paradoxical power of Christianity in the human occasion of suffering. “One sees a kind of goodness coming out of this darkness but, as one of Kierkegaard’s pseudonyms often says, it’s by…

New Music: Arcade Fire's Reflektor

New Music: Arcade Fire’s Reflektor

…and we arrive at the refrain, “If this is heaven, I need something more.” In two Rolling Stones pieces by Patrick Doyle and Josh Eells, Win Butler talks about the influence of Kierkegaard in this album. In 1846, Kierkegaard wrote about an essay, “The Present Age,” in which he defines the present as a reflective age and not a revolutionary age. Kierkegaard writes, “The present age is one of understanding, of…

Kierkegaard and Young Adult Anxiety

Believe it or not, we’re down to the penultimate video from last month’s conference in NYC. This one comes to us courtesy of a true expert in the field (zing!). Will “WB” McDavid:

You may download the recording of this talk by clicking here.

Kierkegaard, the Preacher Within, and His Hiding Place

Kierkegaard, the Preacher Within, and His Hiding Place

From Discourses at the Communion on Fridays: I would make no attempt to dismay men, being myself only too much dismayed; but whosoever thou art, even if thou art, humanly speaking, almost pure and blameless, when this privy preacher preaches before thee in thine inward man, thou also dost feel what others perhaps sense with more dismay–thou also dost find a need to hide thyself, and though it had been told thee a thousand times, and a…

Emotional Protestants, Gracious Storytelling, Stressed-Out Athletes, Young Kierkegaardians, Antinomian Unicorns, and Church Basement Addictions

Emotional Protestants, Gracious Storytelling, Stressed-Out Athletes, Young Kierkegaardians, Antinomian Unicorns, and Church Basement Addictions

…erview is just like that field goal attempt with one second on the clock. How do the most successful athletes deal with this pressure? What they’ve found (which will surprise you!) can teach Christians a lot.” 4. Kierkegaard, Existentialism and Young Adult Anxiety – Will McDavid. “People in their twenties are anxious these days – there’s no getting around the prescriptions and the therapy, and the stats are…

Reflections on Art, Irony, and the Good News of Goosebumps

Reflections on Art, Irony, and the Good News of Goosebumps

…tle use. With the rise in preference for useful art, we’ve also seen a rise in preference for irony. The irony lauded by hipsters is mostly the same irony that makes DFW turn in his grave; but that’s not quite the irony that Kierkegaard was describing. Kierkegaard’s irony, which seems to have a lot in common with Arendt’s understanding of art, is free, suspended, un-self-conscious. It doesn’t try to be ironic. It doesn’t have to have an…

Kierkegaard Quote

“For love is exultant when it unites equals, but it is triumphant when it makes that which was unequal equal in love.”

– SK, Philosophical Fragments, Ch. 2 via Justin Holcomb’s inspired Opening Sermon/Address last Thursday evening.

Kierkegaard on Friendship, Love, Demand and Peter

Kierkegaard on Friendship, Love, Demand and Peter

From Works of Love, Ch. 4, “Our Duty to Love Those We See,” ht MS: Christ’s love for Peter was so boundless that in loving Peter he accomplished loving the person one sees. He did not say, “Peter must change first and become another man before I can love him again.” No, just the opposite, he said, “Peter is Peter, and I love him; love, if anything, will help him to become another man.” Therefore he did…

The Weaker, the Stronger, According to Kierkegaard

The Weaker, the Stronger, According to Kierkegaard

From “Joyful Notes in the Strife of Suffering,” within Christian Discourses: That God is the strongest is evidenced by one sign, that man is entirely weak. For God there is but one obstacle, man’s selfishness, which steps in between God and man like the shadow of the earth when it produces the eclipse of the moon. If there is this selfishness, then man is strong, but his strength is God’s weakness; if the selfishness is…

Save Soren Kierkegaard From Himself

Save Soren Kierkegaard From Himself

In honor of the great philosopher’s impending 300th birthday (in 2013), a few choice quotes: “The one whom the human race crucified was the Redeemer; as someone belonging to the human race, I for this very reason feel the need for a redeemer – never has the need for a redeemer been clearer than when the human race crucified the Redeemer. From this moment I will no longer believe in myself; I will not let myself be deceived, as if I were…