18 - Faith: The Matchless Lack of Logic
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Can any more absurd contradiction be imagined than wishing to prove that an individual person is God? Now think of proving that! How can you make something that conflicts with reason into something reasonable? You can't, unless you wish to contradict yourself. The so-called proofs for the divinity of Christ that people claim Scripture sets forth - his miracles, his resurrection, his ascension - are not, when you think about it, in harmony with our reason.
Kierkegaard again criticizes the way Danish and German philosophers attempted to prove through the limits of reason alone that Christ is God.
In his day, he had to put up with people who say, "I can go from A to B to C, ergo I have proven that Christ was God!" He responds to such people by saying, "How is it possible to observe the gradually unfolding results of something and then arrive at, by some trick of deduction, a conclusion different in quality from what you began with? Is it not sheer insanity (providing humanity is sane) to let your judgment become so altogether confused as to land in the wrong category?"
For him, categorizing Jesus Christ as such is just illogical, but he asks is believing Christ is God still within the bounds of faith? What is faith but to believe in spite of the lack of empirical evidence? For if there were evidence, would it not be called knowledge? In this sense, one leaps past reason and enters belief.
However, one mustn't forget the distinction between belief/faith and knowledge; it is still very important. For Kierkegaard, one must be wary not to bring belief into the category of knowledge without logic and critical thought. It's what distinguishes the agnostic from the lunatic:
Christ's return will be something entirely different, something that can only be believed. That Christ was God incarnate in his lowliness and that he will come again in glory, all this is far beyond the comprehension of history. This cannot be inferred from "facts" or from history, no matter how matchlessly you regard them, except through a matchless lack of logic.
I can honestly say I know some things, but there are also things I just cannot know... :is-it-love: