More Kierkegaard; Abraham and Paradox

Here is more on the Abraham story from Kierkegaard’s point of view. I interpret this quote as Kierkegaard’s way of explaining how one comes to the slightest understanding of the Abraham-Isaac story. More to come.

An old proverb fetched from the outward and visible world says: “Only the man that works gets the bread.” Strangely enough this proverb does not aptly apply in that world to which it expressly belongs. For the outward world is subjected to the law of imperfection, and again and again the experience is repeated that he too who does not work gets the bread, and that he who sleeps gets it more abundantly than the man who works. In the outward world everything is made payable to the bearer, this world is in bondage to the law of indifference, and to him who has the ring, the spirit of the ring is obedient, whether he be Noureddin or Aladdin, and he who has the world’s treasure, has it, however he got it. It is different in the world of spirit. Here an eternal divine order prevails, here it does not rain both upon the just and upon the unjust, here the sun does not shine both upon the good and upon the evil, here it holds good that only he who works gets the bread, only he who was in anguish finds repose, only he who descends into the underworld rescues the beloved, only he who draws the knife gets Isaac.

Kierkegaard, Søren (2009-06-22). FEAR AND TREMBLING (UPDATED w/LINKED TOC) (p. 19). Classics-Unbound. Kindle Edition.

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