December 18, 1854 to September 25, 1855
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.
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