The Kierkegaardian Understanding of Violence

Charles K. Bellinger

in The Genealogy of Violence

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134988
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833986 | DOI:
The Kierkegaardian Understanding of Violence

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Kierkegaard emphasizes that God is love; God desires the maximum of human flourishing. Therefore, if human beings perceive God as a threat to their immature egos, they are mistaken at the core of their being. Human rejection of the divine call is seen most dramatically in the crucifixion of Christ. The root of ill will toward others is ill will toward the self that one is in the process of becoming.

Keywords: crucifixion of Christ; Hatred; love; Otherness; Selfhood

Chapter.  8065 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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