"The thing that cowardice fears most is decision." - Søren Kierkegaard
Danish philosopher, theologian and cultural critic Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was born in Copenhagen in 1813. He was a strong critic of the Church of Denmark and Hegelianism. Hegelianism is the school of thought based on the philosophy of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) which can be summed up as "the rational alone is real"; whereas Kierkegaard posited what has become known as the "leap of faith" arguing that faith is not a decision based on evidence alone. However, Kierkegaard did not believe in blind faith, instead he argued that faith was intrinsically linked with doubt. His argument goes something like this to truly have faith in God, one would also have to doubt one's beliefs about God as doubt is the rational thought process, without which the faith would have no real substance. To quote Kierkegaard, "doubt is conquered by faith, just as it is faith which has brought doubt into the world."
Some argue that Kierkegaard is both the father of existentialism and of modern psychology. He wrote voluminously during his short lifetime, dying at the age of 42
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