Kierkegaard: 'Leap Of Faith' and Camus: 'The Fall'


*Kierkegaard famously shoves individual subjectivity in the face of doctrine and groups. What Kierkegaard meant is the personal commitment and passion of the ‘leap of faith’, a term he himself coined. It also has backing in the way God is personal to us ourselves and that Christianity is a personal endeavor far more than a church or society or believe or doctrine. Kierkegaard even went so far as to say rather rudely that it is much easier to become a Christian had you not been born one.

Camus was concerned with the absurdity of life, as being rational beings in an indifferent world. Camus was also an atheist to the core and even believed that if their was a God it wouldn’t matter. Yet his last novel before his sudden death was filled with Christian undertones. It tells of a successful man and a defense attorney to the oppressed and poor that lived in a penthouse in Paris but now find his home in a bar in the red-light district of Amsterdam. What he thought in his early adulthood was that he was a good person and accomplished, but three incidents led to his fall: First, he was sucker punched by a person he was in a car accident with: Second, he was on a bridge and heard a burst of laughter and it haunted him hence forth that it was at him; And Third, a women had jumped of a bridge to commit suicide and he did not call the authorities. In the bar an Amsterdam he looks back on his life with a mirror and accuses himself endlessly of being a hypocrite, but in so doing finds a new self-righteousness and importance in doing this. The novel serves as a reminder not to stand as an attorney and sway this way or that, but to stand as both the judge and the accused.*


Take the Leap of Faith, and fear no Fall.


Nice cameos.

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