Sunday, May 8, 2016

Quote of the Day (Soren Kierkegaard, on Why ‘Faith Sees Best in the Dark’)



“The believer humanly comprehends how heavy the suffering is, but in faith’s wonder that it is beneficial to him, he devoutly says: It is light. Humanly he says: It is impossible, but he says it again in faith’s wonder that what he humanly cannot understand is beneficial to him. In other words, when sagacity is able to perceive the beneficialness, then faith cannot see God; but when in the dark night of suffering sagacity cannot see a handbreadth ahead of it, then faith can see God, since faith sees best in the dark.” — Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Kierkegaard's Writings, XV: Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits, edited and translated by H .V. Hong & E.H. Hong (1993)

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