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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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Godly Satire

Godly Satire

December 18, 1854 to September 25, 1855

(p.239) Godly Satire
A Short Life of Kierkegaard

Walter Lowrie

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at how Kierkegaard had gone about declaring his one thesis, “Christianity no longer exists,” through a “godly satire,” as well as the controversies surrounding his polemical attacks on the Church. Everything he wrote at this time was—in sharp contrast to his usual copiousness—pungent, brief, addressed to the man in the street, and so written that he who runs could read. They had an immense effect, which was the more profound for the fact that it drew attention to his other works. Though he did not attempt to destroy the Established Church, Kierkegaard was able to upset the colossal figure of Bishop Mynster and the less-imposing figure of Professor Martensen.

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

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