Chapter

‘No Mythology…’

Murray A. Rae

in Kierkegaard's Vision of the Incarnation

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269403
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683633 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269403.003.0011
‘No Mythology…’

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In Chapter 2 of Philosophical Fragments, Climacus shifted attention from anthropology to the theological question of what is true of God that he should become a servant of human beings. This chapter focuses on the very significant shift in the object of Kierkegaard's polemic. Whereas in Chapter 1, Climacus purported a speculative project in thought, here in Chapter 2, he deliberates in the guise of poetical venture. The Truth is enclosed and evoked by the poet in an essay of the imagination. In this poetic venture of theology and Truth, Climacus suggests that God is moved by love. Climacus contends that God's resolution to act in love is eternal and not caused by chance decision because of the crisis of human sin or by a successful human ascent to the divine. Rather, Climacus contends, God's resolution ‘becomes the moment’ when, in accordance with his own being as love, God makes a place for himself in time.

Keywords: poetic venture; Truth; imagination; love; God

Chapter.  11017 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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