By Soren Trs. Lowrie Kierkegaard
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So then, God be praised that this was attained which was my first thought, my wish which was so dear to me, which toward the end I was so near despairing of, that Mynster shall live out his days and be buried with full music; the monument will also be erected in his honor—but then no further, and least of all must he go down in history as a witness to the truth, one of the genuine witnesses to the truth, one of the holy chain of witnesses. There the matter rests! III. The Fatherland, Friday, January 12, 1855 A challenge to me by Pastor Paludan-Moller January 11.
You who read this must surely know what is to be understood by a witness to the truth*; but let me * But perhaps this has been cast into oblivion by Bishop Mynster's preaching in the course of so many years. For this too is one of the defects, and one of the principal defects of his preaching—not the fact that he himself was a government official (from the Christian point of view that is a detraction from his preaching), not the consideration of his own glittering career, rich in enjoyment, no, not this, but the fact that he would authorize that way of proclaiming the Gospel as the true Christian way, and thereby implicitly condemn as an exaggeration the true Christian preaching (by a suffering witness to the truth), instead of making to Christianity the admission that the preaching he represented is something which may be conceded to us men as a dispensation and indulgence, something which we ordinary men have recourse to because we are too selfish, too worldly, too sensual, to be capable of anything more, something which we A WITNESS TO THE TRUTH ?
What a cruel punishment! A result. A monologue. About a silly assumption of importance. With regard to the new edition of Training in Christianity. This has to be said—so be it now said. XXI. Bishop Martensen's silence. I. The Fatherland, Monday, December 18, 1854 Was Bishop Mynster a "witness to the truth," one of "the genuine witnesses to the truth"—is this the truth? February 1854. S. Kierkegaard. In the address which Professor Martensen "delivered on the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, the Sunday preceding the burial of Bishop Mynster,"1 a speech of remembrance it might be called for the reason that it brought to Professor Martensen's remembrance the vacant episcopal see—in this address Bishop Mynster is represented as one of the genuine witnesses to the truth,2 this being affirmed in the strongest and most decisive terms it would be possible to use.
Attack Upon ''Christendom'' 1854-1855 by Soren Trs. Lowrie Kierkegaard