Soren Kierkegard Quote RE Christian Scholarship

Soren Kierkegard Quote RE Christian Scholarship

The following quote was sent to me by a friend in the UK.  Thought you would appreciate it.


David Watson
From London


“The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any word in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. ‘My God,’ you will say, ‘if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I every get on in the world?’ Here in lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.” 

                     – Soren Kierkegard, Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Søren Kierkegaard, ed. Charles E. Moore (Farmington, PA: Plough, 2002), p.201.

3 Replies to “Soren Kierkegard Quote RE Christian Scholarship”

  1. The problem I fear is worse then Soren decries. The call of Jesus to lay down our lives is clear (deny self, take up our cross & follow Him) but everything in our culture & our flesh pushes back: pamper yourself, take up your defenses and do enough to feel good about our lack of faith. I confess that I have spent more time pursuing Christian scholarship than following Jesus with abandon. Thank God for His patience and for his pursuit of me despite my selfishness!

  2. I just quoted this the other day on my blog, and then found yours today when I subscribed to it in Google Reader.

    In the discussion on my blog, we weren’t sure that Soren is correct. He is given to hyperbole at times….

    I do, however, think that he makes a good point. We love to use scholasticism to explain away parts of the Bible than simply obey them.

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