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By Søren Kierkegaard, Howard V. Hong, Edna H. Hong

First released in 1848, Christian Discourses is a quartet of items written and organized in contrasting kinds. components One and 3, "The Cares of the Pagans" and "Thoughts That Wound from Behind--for Upbuilding," function a polemical overture to Kierkegaard's collision with the status quo of Christendom. but elements and 4, "Joyful Notes within the Strife of agony" and "Discourses on the Communion on Fridays," are reassuring affirmations of the enjoyment and blessedness of Christian existence in an international of adversity and soreness. Written in usual language, the paintings combines simplicity and inwardness with mirrored image and offers the most important Christian strategies and presuppositions with strange clarity.

Kierkegaard endured within the trend that he all started along with his first pseudonymous esthetic paintings, Either/Or, by means of pairing Christian Discourses with The Crisis, an unsigned esthetic essay on modern Danish actress Joanne Luise Heiberg.

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The Care of Poverty 19 there be to see, and what would one learn from them! If someone, like him, is a man who has learned what the earnestness of life is, if he is a man, citizen, and father, it is a rather silly joke and a childish caprice to send him to contemplate the lilies and the birds, as ifhe had nothing else to attend to. "If it were not out of a sense of decency," he says, "and out of respect for my children, whom according to custom one has of course had instructed in religion, I would bluntly say that there is very little to be found in Holy Scripture that answers this most important question, and very little at all that is of any benefit, with the exception of an occasional splendid maxim.

But then, when all is said and done, is the rich Christian basically just as poor as the poor Christian? Yes, that he certainly is. But as a Christian he is rich. He is just as ignorant ofhis earthly wealth as the poor Christian is of his earthly poverty. Just as the latter does not talk about his earthly poverty, he does not talk X 37 32 X 38 Part One. The Cares of the Pagans about his earthly wealth; they both talk about the very same thing, about the heavenly wealth, about existing before God as one who prays and gives thanks for the daily bread, as one who is God's steward.

Thus the daily bread [Bred] is the bird's livelihood [Levebred]. The daily bread is the most scantily measured supply; it is just exactly enough but not one bit more; it is the little that poverty needs. But then is the bird indeed poor? Instead of answering we X 20 14 Part One. The Cares of the Pagans shall ask: Is the bird poor? No, the bird is not poor. See, here it is evident that the bird is the teacher. Its state is such that if one is to judge according to its external condition one must call it poor, and yet it is not poor; it would not occur to anybody to call the bird poor.

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