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By Søren Kierkegaard, Sylvia Walsh

ISBN-10: 0253005574

ISBN-13: 9780253005571

ISBN-10: 0253356733

ISBN-13: 9780253356734

Søren Kierkegaard's thirteen communion discourses represent a special style one of the numerous types of non secular writing composed via Kierkegaard. initially released at diversified occasions and areas, Kierkegaard himself believed that those discourses served as a unifying point in his paintings and have been an important for realizing his non secular suggestion and philosophy as an entire. Written in an intensely own liturgical context, the communion discourses arrange the reader for participation during this ceremony by way of emphasizing the perfect posture for forgiveness of sins and confession.

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What is emphasized in the communion discourses, therefore, is the fact that Christ died “also for you,” giving voice to the listener/reader’s own imagined self-reflection in the expression of longing for the renewal of fellowship with him who has made satisfaction not only for “my every slightest actual sin, but also for the one that perhaps lurks deepest in my soul without my being aware of it” (47). 96 “If at the altar you want to be able to do the least thing yourself, even merely to step forward yourself,” he says, “then you upset everything, prevent the atonement, make the satisfaction impossible” (86).

See Matthew 6:25–34. 40 Part 1 squanders these gifts of God! Alas, if you could peer into the innermost being of persons and very deeply into your own, you would surely discover with dismay how God, who never leaves himself without witness,15 lavishes these his best gifts on every human being, and how on the contrary every human being more or less squanders these gifts, perhaps throwing them away entirely. What a frightful responsibility when one day, in eternity if not before, recollections rise up accusingly against a person, recollections of the many times and the many ways in which God spoke to him in his inner being but in vain.

You then promised yourself and God, is it not true, that you would now also gratefully use it. You said to yourself: “Just as the longing has torn me away from what so easily entangles 15. See Acts 14:17. Luke 22:15 41 a person in a spell, so by earnest thoughts I shall also come to its assistance in order to tear myself completely away from what might still hold me back. And by holy resolutions I shall strive rightly to hold on to what those earnest thoughts permit me to understand, for resolution is useful in securing oneself in what one has understood.

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