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A Kierkegaard Quote?

A Kierkegaard Quote?

Postby Kolbitar » 30 Apr 2006, 21:48

Peter Kreeft quotes Soren Kierkegaard:

"I am terrified by everything, from the smallest gnat to the mystery of the incarnation."

Does anyone know where this extraordinary quote is from?
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re: A Kierkegaard Quote?

Postby Arwen » 30 Apr 2006, 23:04

I know I've heard that somewhere, but cah't quite get my finger on it.
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re: A Kierkegaard Quote?

Postby Arwen » 30 Apr 2006, 23:12

I found it! It is in this. A Baptism of Imagination: A Conversation with Peter Kreeft, By Ellen Haroutunian
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re: A Kierkegaard Quote?

Postby Sven » 30 Apr 2006, 23:27

Ok, Kolbitar, I've found it. What took me so long is that Kreeft was using a rather eccentric translation from the Danish.

Soren Kierkegaard wrote:All of existance intimidates me, from the tiniest fly to the enigmas of incarnation; as a whole it is inexplicable, my own self most of all; all of existence is pestiferous, my own self most of all.

The Diary of Soren Kierkegaard 12 May 1839


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Rat! he found breath to whisper, shaking. Are you afraid?
Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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Re: re: A Kierkegaard Quote?

Postby Kolbitar » 01 May 2006, 00:47

Excellent, thank you.
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re: A Kierkegaard Quote?

Postby Tony » 01 May 2006, 01:08

He was a weird fellow.
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Re: re: A Kierkegaard Quote?

Postby Kolbitar » 07 May 2006, 10:49

::He was a weird fellow.

Maybe, but "Soren Kierkegaard" ranks as the coolest name in the history of philosophy...
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re: A Kierkegaard Quote?

Postby Tony » 07 May 2006, 21:19

Oh I agree. He's fantastic, but extremely difficult to understand. I just don't "get" him sometimes.
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