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What is Faith and how does it Relate to Infinite Resignation In Fear and Trembling Soren Kierkegaard under the pseudonym of Johannes de Silentio provides a perplexing description of faith Essentially Kierkegaard proposes that individuals make a leap of faith into a religious life which is inherently paradoxical because it rests solely on the strength of the absurd But we cannot achieve this state of absolute faith without going through various prerequisite movements and it is the movement of faith that is the greatest movement one can make Kierkegaard uses the story of Abraham and Isaac to illustrate how an individual can either be a Knight of Resignation or a Knight of Faith It is the Knight of Faith that is the hardest to grasp for it is the most difficult to achieve It is the most difficult because it requires a teleological suspension of the ethical sphere something higher than ethics because faith begins precisely where thinking leaves off 82 In this essay I will examine what Kierkegaard constitutes as a Knight of Infinite Resignation a Knight of Faith and why the former is necessary for the latter In so doing this paper will distinguish the relationship the individual has with the universalethical and how it shadows in comparison to the individual relationship with the divineGod Next I will point out a weakness and strength in Kierkegaards argument Lastly this essay will conclude with my theory on the necessity of linking the universal explainable to the spiritual unexplainable First Kierkegaard examines the greatest movement one can make by considering the story of Abraham and Isaac He is perplexed at how Abraham could raise the knife on his own son that he was willing to sacrifice Isaac because of his faith in God and at the same time had faith that God would not require him see this act to fruition All along he had faith he believed that God would not demand Isaac of
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