Kierkegaard, a poet of ideals and practitioner of the indirect method, also had a direct and polemical side. He revealed this in several writings throughout his career, culminating in The Moment, his attack against the established ecclesiastical order. Kierkegaard was moved to criticize the church by his differences with Bishop Mynster, Primate of the Church of Denmark. Although Mynster saw in Kierkegaard a complement to himself and his outlook, Kierkegaard challenged Mynster to acknowledge the emptying and estheticizing of Christianity that had occurred in modern Christendom. For three years Kierkegaard was silent, waiting. When Mynster died, he was memorialized as "an authentic truth-witness" in the "holy chain of truth-witnesses that stretches through the ages from the days of the apostles." This struck Kierkegaard as blasphemous and inspired him to write a series of articles in Faedrelandet, which he followed with ten numbers of the pamphlet The Moment. This volume includes the articles from Faedrelandet, all numbers of The Moment, and several other late pieces of Kierkegaard's writing.
Historical IntroductionThe Moment and Late WritingsNewspaper Articles 1854-18551IWas Bishop Mynster a "Truth-Witness," One of "the Authentic Truth-Witnesses" - Is This the Truth?3IIThere the Matter Rests!9IIIA Challenge to Me from Pastor Paludan-Muller16IVThe Point at Issue with Bishop Martensen, as Christianly Decisive for the, Christianly Viewed, Dubious Previously Established Ecclesiastical Order19VTwo New Truth-Witnesses25VIAt Bishop Mynster's Death28VIIIs This Christian Worship or Is It Making a Fool of God?30VIIIWhat Must Be Done - It Will Happen either through Me or through Someone Else33IXThe Religious Situation35XA Thesis - Just One Single One39XI"Salt"; Because "Christendom" Is: the Decay of Christianity; "a Christian World" Is: a Falling Away from Christianity41XIIWhat Do I Want?46XIIIOn the Occasion of an Anonymous Proposal to Me in No. 79 of This Newspaper50XIVWould It Be Best Now to "Stop Ringing the Alarm"?51XVChristianity with a Royal Certificate and Christianity without a Royal Certificate54XVIWhat Cruel Punishment!56XVIIA Result60XVIIIA Monologue64XIXConcerning a Fatuous Pompousness in Regard to Me and the Conception of Christianity to Which I Am Calling Attention66XXFor the New Edition of Practice in Christianity69This Must Be Said; So Let It Be Said71XXIThat Bishop Martensen's Silence Is (1) Christianly Indefensible; (2) Ludicrous; (3) Obtuse-Sagacious; (4) in More Than One Regard Contemptible79The Moment, 1-287What Christ Judges of Official Christianity127The Moment, 3-7139The Changelessness of God263The Moment, 8-9283AppendixThe Moment, 10327Supplement355Key to References356Background Material Pertaining to Faedrelandet [Newspaper] Articles359Original Front Page of Faedrelandet, December 18, 1854, and Original Title Pages of This Must Be Said; So Let It Be Said; The Moment, No. 1; What Christ Judges of Official Christianity; The Changelessness of God372Selected Entries from Kierkegaard's Journals and Papers Pertaining to the Articles and The Moment and Late Writings383Editorial Appendix613Acknowledgments615Collation of Faedrelandet [Newspaper] Articles, The Moment, and Late Writings in the Danish Editions of Kierkegaard's Collected Works617Notes623Bibliographical Note655Index657
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