Podmore, Simon D. (2012) The Sacrifice of Silence: Fear and Trembling and the Secret of Faith. International Journal of Systematic Theology, 14 (1). pp. 70-90. ISSN 14631652Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)
This article examines the important hermeneutical and theological relation between silence and sacrifice in Søren Kierkegaard's (1813–55) divisively enigmatic Fear and Trembling. I contend that this relation becomes clearest when the silence of Abraham is explicated in relation to his esoteric proclamation that ‘God himself will provide a lamb for the burnt offering’. In Abraham's reply to Isaac, the secret of Abraham's faith is concomitantly revealed (as a trust in the notion that ‘with God all things are possible’) and concealed (as a paradoxically ‘impossible’ possibility which cannot be adequately conveyed to ‘the other’). This thereby proposes a qualitative distinction between Abraham's reverent silence before God and his aporetic silence before the other.
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible|
|Faculty / Department:||Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion|
|Depositing User:||Susan Murray|
|Date Deposited:||10 Mar 2014 08:40|
|Last Modified:||10 Mar 2014 08:40|
Actions (login required)