Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ideal According to Kierkegaard - definition

The absolute moral imperatives are what Kierkegaard calls "The Ideal". For Kierkegaard Jesus was the quintessential representative of moral doing, with us regular humans being unable to completely follow him and the moral ideal. Even so, Kierkegaard believes that Christianity commands us to acknowledge both the ideal and our inability to attain it. Without this humble acknowledgment, says Kierkegaard, concepts such as redemption and grace are left emptied out. The life of the believer reach their culmination in the dual affinity to Jesus as the supreme model which is contrasted with our own limitedness, and to Jesus as the forgiver of our own limitedness.