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Bibil Identifier bibil:202388
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Kierkegaard, Love, and Sacrifice
Title (English, ) Is There a Solution to Abraham's Dilemma?
Author Nørager, Troels
Journal Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie (Volume: 50, Issue: 3-4)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 238-266 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In this article Troels Nørager discusses the subject of sacrifice in the context of Kierkegaard's Works of Love and Fear and Trembling. The first section argues that contrary to contemporary attempts to turn Kierkegaard into a phenomenologist of love, Kierkegaard should be regarded as a radical Christian thinker who (partly for biographical reasons) deliberately emphasized the necessity of being willing to sacrifice one's most precious love object. The second part deals with Abraham's dilemma in Genesis 22 and argues, critically surveying the intriguing interpretation proposed by Ingolf Dalferth, that no credible solution to this deeply troubling story is to be found. In the final section the author ponders the contemporary significance of Abraham's sacrifice and briefly points to insights from eminent political philosophers like Rawls and Habermas. This leads to the conclusion that theology should finally be taking leave of Abraham by rejecting Abraham as the ‘Father of faith’ and as a paradigm to be emulated. Instead, theologians and philosophers of religion are called upon to embrace our post-secular modernity without surrendering to the demands of authoritarian religion.
DOI 10.1515/NZST.2008.019
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 19th century : Kierkegaard, Sören Aabye
Pericopes Genesis 22
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