Tuesday, January 8, 2008

God save me from "Christian scholarship"

"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 words 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 ever get on in the world? Herein 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 Kierkegaard

6 comments:

Worship Leader Ron said...

Great quote.

UnderMidnight said...

Yep.
You're still my hero.

Mel said...

I just read that quote a couple days ago! Thanks for the reminder and emphasis.

CharlieMac said...

Emily,
On another blog you said you would take up "these issues". I suspect this will go way over their heads.
(read: thought processes).
You are good, you!
Trying to inspire someone to think who already "knows" the subject (Scholarship?) is so difficult. Keep trying though because, maybe, just maybe?
Mac McFatter

drsteve said...

Great quote. Do you mind sharing in which of Kierkegaard's works you found it?

Emily Hunter McGowin said...

Dr. Steve,

Not at all...

The quote is from Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard, ed. Charles E. Moore (Farmington, PA: Plough, 2002), 201.

Grace and peace,

Emily