Embrace the Absurd

Wed, Mar 27

Is religious faith absurd or paradoxical? Is the person of faith called to transcend the rational and moral realms?  What does it mean to have an authentic religious faith?  In this session, we look at existentialist philosopher Soren Kierkegaard's theory of faith.  Kierkegaard meditates on the apparent absurdity and immorality of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac in order to demonstrate his faith in God.  

Key Concepts: Teleology, Universal/Ethical Reasoning, Theist Existentialism, Subjectivity

Read This:


"The Binding of Isaac" (Genesis 22)

"The Teleological Suspension of the Ethical" (Kierkegaard)


"Religions Don't Deserve Special Treatment." (The Guardian)

Introduction Under the Banner of Heaven (Jon Krakauer)

Do This:

  1. Reading Reflection Journal
  2. Finish pre-campaign questionnaire (due 3/27)
  3. Finish morality peer review (due 3/29)

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