Monday, September 04, 2006


4God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.

-Soren Kierkegaard


sienna said...

Signe and her mom love him, Kierkagarrd. I know i spelled it wrong. They say he's sweedish though. I figured by his name.
This one was in my Pysch. book by him:

Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.

I sent this one to Signe and she said it was one of her mom's favorites...I think it's one of mine too. I've been writing it everyone, nodding "yes", everytime I see it.

I must read (or skim) a chapter for Old Test. before class in one hour. loveANDlove.

sienna said...

*everywhere (been writing it everywhere, not everyone.)

Damien said...

I know that one (worded slightly differently) and plan to post it somewhere down the road. Lowen has put me on to Soren Kierkegaard's profundity.
all my love, Papa

funkefreak said...

Actually, Kierkegaard is Danish, like Hans Christian Anderson.

I like his first name, especially if spelled with the slash through the "O." He certainly said some very true things (although I am still confused by teleological suspensions of the the ethical)...

Sienna, I really like the quote you found regarding time and memory. Rachel Hackenberger and I talked about this when I was at Covenant. The reason I like the film Memento so much is that it demonstrates very powerfully how much we rely on our past in order to make sense of our present. Because the film progresses backwards, we do not have that past, just as the protagonist who suffers from short term memory loss does not have his past. Nothing really makes sense. The only reason the film finally does come together is that it cheats: no film can truly run backwards.

Anyway, we found that faith works like memory: faith refers to the past in order to stand firm in the present. We remember God's provision, Christ's life and death and resurrection, and the Spirit's power in order to find comfort, strength, and motivation to live out our salvation with fear and trembling (another Kierkegaard quote that he took from the Bible).

Think of all the memorial stones that God commanded the Israelites to construct throughout the land. Remembering is SO important to spiritual growth.

Thank you so much for reminding me of the Source of my life and salvation, my Howard friends.

Damien said...

Shucks Sarah, this is the most thought-provoking comment this blog's ever seen. Sinseriously.