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A Short Life of Kierkegaard$
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Walter Lowrie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157771

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157771.001.0001

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Holding Out

Holding Out


(p.222) Holding Out
A Short Life of Kierkegaard

Walter Lowrie

Princeton University Press

This chapter captures a strong sense of resolve in Kierkegaard during the years 1852–54, which were a stark contrast to the hesitation he would often display in his journals in the years previous. Though he was no longer publishing anything new by this time, he busied himself with preparing for a polemic assault on the establishment, quite determined to “hold out.” Kierkegaard's aim was the deplorable state of Christianity in Christendom, his one thesis was that “Christianity no longer exists.” Here, the chapter turns to the two victims of his initial attacks: Professor Hans L. Martensen and Bishop J.P. Mynster, both of whom were the most prominent members of the Established Church of Denmark. The chapter also includes four passages which in one way or another depict the deplorable state of the Church.

Keywords:   Søren Kierkegaard, Church, Christianity, Hans L. Martensen, J.P. Mynster, Established Church of Denmark

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