Learning the Truth

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:
Learning the Truth

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Christianity contends that the Truth is learned neither by speculation, nor imagination, nor by historical investigation but rather by the virtue of the condition given by God. Receipt of this condition by an individual affects a radical transformation and a new birth which carries ontological, epistemological and ethical significance. This chapter discusses the logic of transformation in the epistemological sphere. It also aims to show that the account of the matter which is presented in Philosophical Fragments is not a judgement of Johannes Climacus alone but illuminates the broader purpose and structure of Kierkegaard's authorship. In this chapter, Climacus contends that for an individual to experience Christian conversion, a process of letting go of human reasoning must occur so that when the individual is encountered by the God-Man, a new condition of understanding the Truth can occur.

Keywords: Christianity; Truth; transformation; Christian conversion; human reasoning; understanding

Chapter.  13111 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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