Sunday, June 30, 2013

betraying Jesus with "the treason of stupidity": Kierkegaard on defending Christianity via apologetics


Now we see how extraordinarily stupid (so that there can still be a remnant of something extraordinary ) it is to defend Christianity, how little knowledge of human nature it manifests, how it connives even if unconsciously, with offense by making Christianity out to be some poor, miserable thing that in the end has to be rescued by a champion.  Therefore, it is certain and true that the first one to come up with the idea of defending Christianity in Christendom is  de facto a Judas No. 2: he, too, betrays with a kiss, except that his treason is the treason of stupidity.  To defend something is always to disparage it....He who defends it has never believed it-Sickness unto Death, link

The above is quoted in Myron Penner's The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context

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