No, this isn’t a plea for a political prisoner.
Rather, I’m offering a free book, which you can download from a link at the end of this post, by Søren Kierkegaard, considered by many to be one of the earliest existential writers. He was also a Christian, and a radical Christian thinker, at that.
I don’t normally talk about my religious beliefs, because I’m not out to convince anyone of anything. I’m not one of those people who are into prosthelytizing. Sales of any kind really isn’t my favorite thing. But, Kierkegaard has been on my mind this week. Why? Well, mostly because of his radical ideas. I don’t think of myself as much of a philosopher, but I suspect a lot of my friends would disagree. But, when I was introduced to Kierkegaard a few years back, I was hooked. Unlike a lot of contemporary Christians, he insisted that a true belief in Christian ideals required us to be radically different from our peers. That the ideas espoused by Jesus were, by their nature, radical and, if we truly embraced them, should change our lives. Think about that for a minute. If we truly believe in something, but we don’t act any different, do we really hold that belief?
That is what someone challenged me with this past weekend.
I won’t go into the details about precisely what belief it was, though, it had to do with the two greatest commandments that Christ gave us; And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
And that conversation, and challenge, reminded me of my old friend Kierkegaard. So, I thought I’d share him with you readers. If I haven’t frightened you off, that is.
And, don’t be worried if he seems too hard to read. As the preface of the the book I’m offering up here says, “Søren Kierkegaard has been accused of being one of the most frustrating authors to read. He has also been praised as one of the most rewarding.”
So, if you feel like a challenge, download the book and read it.