Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses : Kierkegaard's Writings, Vol. 5
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There is much to be learned philosophically from this volume, but philosophical instruction was not Kierkegaard's aim here, except in the broad sense of self-knowledge and deepened awareness. Indicating the intention of the discourses, the titles include "The Expectancy of Faith," "Love Will Hide a Multitude of Sins," "Strengthening in the Inner Being," "To Gain One's Soul in Patience," "Patience in Expectancy," and "Against Cowardliness."
In tone and substance these works are in accord with the concluding words of encouragement in Either/Or, which was paired with the first volume of discourses: "Ask yourself and keep on asking until you find the answer, for one may have known something many times, acknowledged it; one may have willed something many times, attempted it--and yet, only the deep inner motion, only the heart's indescribable emotion, only that will convince you that what you have acknowledged belongs to you, that no power can take it from you--for only the truth that builds up is truth for you."
and not back, and although the previous messenger never returns home, yet it goes almost cheerfully and happily the same way—in order to disappear, never to return home—and this indeed is the joy of him who sends it.—Pap. V B 233:3 n.d., 1844 Deleted from margin in final copy; see 295:28-29: . . . . . who here for the last time is sending such a one and therefore wishes to bid farewell to his reader, since he has never wished to be remembered but only to be forgotten.—Pap. V B 232:8 n.d., 1844
angel of Satan, 456 and Christ, 333-34 and congregation, 82-84, 121, 334 inner being of, 83 Martensen on, 483 past of, 340-43 as prisoner, 80-84, 262, 436 recollections of, 340-43 repentance of, 341-43 as Saul, 341-43 in Spain, 334 in spiritual trial, 261-63 and Stephen, 341 sufferings of, 332-34, 451-52 thorn in flesh of, 328, 336-37, 346 on upbuilding, 471 as witness, 82-84, 98, 261-63, 328, 332-34 peace: change vs., 328 on earth, 126 perdition: death and, 186 Peter, 153 on
the opposite, or does it prove anything other than that there were not even ten guiltless persons in Sodom? And yet what was Abraham himself compared with an apostle? What was his bold confidence compared with an apostle’s? How great is a human being, that his life, if it is righteous, [III 285] will judge even angels;120 more blessed is the love that hides a multitude of sins. We have praised the power of love to hide a multitude of sins; we have spoken as to those who are perfect. If there is
learned from what he suffered,189 and learned the good from what he suffered, gained not only the best learning but what is much more—the best instructor—and the person who learns from God is strengthened in the inner being. Then even if he lost everything, he would still gain everything, and Abraham possessed nothing but a burial place in Canaan,190 and yet he was God’s chosen one. 191Consider him, the person who was wronged. He complains not about life but about the people who corrupt
capability of any human being, who 202can be present in the gift only in a feeling or in a mood, not essentially, cannot penetrate infinitesimally the total content of the gift, cannot be completely present in the whole gift, even less completely present in the least part of it. Therefore, if it ever seemed to you, my listener, as your thoughts emigrated from the paternal home, lost their way out in the world in order to rise to the conception of him, [III 314] the almighty God, Creator of heaven