Christendom Kierkegaard Analysis

712 Words 3 Pages
Kierkegaard indeed continues to reinforce the idea that the untruth is the way how the individual is lost in the crowd through the last reason of how the Christendom removes authenticity from Christianity. Basically, the Christendom is removing the truth from an individual from practicing Christianity because they are claiming the untruth. This restricts the individual from trying to obtain the truth individually. For example, the Christendom would tell individuals all they need to do in order to be a true Christian is to go to church, instead of sincerely praying alone at home and practicing good deeds. Kierkegaard is arguing his reason why he believes this by writing, "If the other hand there were an assemblage of thousands or more and the …show more content…
By forming an institution, Christ would himself be removing authenticity from what would be Christianity. He wanted to show the truth by being himself, an individual, which does not remove authenticity. This example shows how Christ represented the authenticity in what would be Christianity. Nevertheless, Kierkegaard continues to prove that the Christendom removes the authenticity in Christianity by claiming that the institution sees itself as having the authority to judge individuals. However, this is not the case, because God should be the judge of all individuals, not an institution. Thus, the Christendom removes authenticity because it is being untruth in who should judge individuals. Kierkegaard supports this by writing, "On the other hand the 'crowd,' when it is treated as an authority and its judgement regarded as the final judgement, is detested by the witness...and he who addresses the crowd as supreme authority is regarded by him as the tool of the untruth" (97). Kierkegaard overall shows how the Christendom is not being the example of truth to the crowd, which makes the crowd the

Related Documents