Christian Discourses, etc: The Lilies of the Field and the Birds of the Air and Three Discourses At the Communion on Fridays

Christian Discourses, etc: The Lilies of the Field and the Birds of the Air and Three Discourses At the Communion on Fridays

SØREN KIERKEGAARD
Translated with an Introduction by WALTER LOWRIE
Copyright Date: 1971
Pages: 408
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    Christian Discourses, etc: The Lilies of the Field and the Birds of the Air and Three Discourses At the Communion on Fridays
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    The edition includes "Christian Discourses," "The Lilies of the Field and the Birds of the Air" and "Three Discourses at the Communion on Fridays."

    Originally published in 1971.

    ThePrinceton Legacy Libraryuses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-6863-6
    Subjects: Philosophy

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. PREFACE
    (pp. v-viii)
    WALTER LOWRIE
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. INTRODUCTION About the year 1848
    (pp. xi-xviii)

    Kierkegaard said of the year 1848, ‘It was beyond all comparison the richest and most fruitful year I have experienced as an author.’ That is saying a great deal, considering how much he had produced every year since 1841, when (according to his reckoning) he first became an author. But 1848 was also a critical year in S. K.’s life. Externally, it was a year of political change, for after a short war with Germany Denmark lost the provinces of Schleswig and Holstein, and by a bloodless revolution, which was tardily incited by the liberal political ideas of the French...

  5. CHRISTIAN DISCOURSES
    • PART I THE ANXIETIES OF THE HEATHEN CHRISTIAN DISCOURSES
      (pp. 1-94)
      S. KIERKEGAARD

      It was on the summit of Sinai the Law was given, amidst the thunders of heaven; every beast that approached the holy mountain (alas, innocently and unawares) must be put to death—according to the Law. It is at the foot of the mountain the Sermon on the Mount is preached. Thus it is the Law is related to the Gospel, which is the heavenly come down to earth. It is at the foot of the mountain; so mild is the Gospel, so close is the heavenly which descends, and yet all the more heavenly for that. It is at...

    • PART II JOYFUL NOTES IN THE STRIFE OF SUFFERING CHRISTIAN DISCOURSES
      (pp. 95-164)
      S. KIERKEGAARD

      He who wills the end must will the means. But this involves, does it not, the assumption or admission that a man knows what he wills. This being assumed, we bring him to a halt by the ‘means’, by saying, ‘Thenthou must also will the means’. Sometimes, however, it may be necessary to go back a step farther and say, ‘He who wills something must first of all know what it is he wills, must have an understanding of what he wills’. The impatient person who would attain his end at once finds that even this thing about the...

    • PART III THOUGHTS WHICH WOUND FROM BEHIND—FOR EDIFICATION CHRISTIAN ADDRESSES
      (pp. 165-250)
      S. KIERKEGAARD

      How quiet everything is in the house of God, what a sense of security. He who enters it feels as if by a single step he had arrived at a remote place, endlessly far away from all noise and outcry and vociferation, from the horrors of existence, from the storms of life, from the spectacle of dreadful events or from the sickly expectation of them. And here within, wherever thy glance is turned, everything gives thee a sense of security and peace. The lofty walls of the venerable edifice stand so fast, are such a reliable defence around this secure...

    • PART IV DISCOURSES AT THE COMMUNION ON FRIDAYS. CHRISTIAN DISCOURSES
      (pp. 251-310)
      S. KIERKEGAARD

      Father in heaven, well we know that it is Thou that givest both to will and to do, that also longing when it leads us to renew the fellowship with our Saviour and Redeemer is from Thee. But when longing lays hold of us, oh, that we might lay hold of the longing; when it would carry us away, that we also might give ourselves up; when Thou art near to summon us, that we also might keep near to Thee in supplication; when Thou in the longing dost offer us the highest good, that we might buy the opportune...

  6. THE LILIES OF THE FIELD AND THE BIRDS OF THE AIR THREE GODLY DISCOURSES
    (pp. 311-356)
    S. KIERKEGAARD

    This little book (which in view of the circumstances¹ under which it is issued reminds me of my first, and more especially of the first to my first, the Preface to theTwo Edifying Discoursesof 1843,² which came out immediately afterEither/Or) will, as I hope, recall this to ‘that single individual whom I with joy and gratitude callmyreader’: ‘it desires to remain in retirement, as it was in concealment it had its origin—a little flower in the cover of a great forest.’ Of this he will be reminded by the circumstances; and I hope moreover...

  7. ‘THE HIGH PRIEST’—‘THE PUBLICAN’—‘THE WOMAN THAT WAS A SINNER’ THREE DISCOURSES AT THE COMMUNION ON FRIDAYS
    (pp. 357-386)
    S. KIERKEGAARD

    May ‘that single individual whom I with joy and gratitude callmyreader’ receive this gift. Truly it is more blessed to give than to receive; but if this be so, then the giver is in a sense the needy one, in need of the blessedness of giving; and if this be so, then the greater beneficence is that of him who receives—and so after all it is more blessed to receive than to give.

    May he receive it! That which in imagination I saw when I first sent forth the little book (cf. the Preface to theTwo...

  8. INDEX
    (pp. 387-389)