Leap of Faith Essay

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The Leap of Faith In his book, Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Soren Kierkegaard talks about the difference between subjective and objective truth. When talking about subjective truth, he compares it to taking a “leap of faith”. This means that you will believe something no matter what, and you don’t need any evidence to back it up. He later connects the “leap of faith” to religion. “Through the “leap of faith,” in which one affirms the proposition that God did exist in time, one is able to enter into a “God-relationship,” and thereby attains “an eternal happiness” (Schacht, 308). I’ll be addressing the question: Should you take “the leap of faith” when it comes to religion? Soren Kierkegaard is one of the philosophers that …show more content…
It doesn’t come directly at all, but, on the contrary, it is precisely in objective analysis that one loses the infinite personal and passionate concern that is the requisite condition for faith, its ubiquitous ingredient, wherein faith comes into existence” (Landesman, 260).
It’s ironic when a person seeks to strengthen their faith by searching for objective truth, because in doing so they are destroying the basis for faith. Later in Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Kierkegaard discusses a very interesting question.
“Now let us assume the opposite, that the opponents have succeeded in proving what they desired to establish regarding the Bible and did so with a certainty that transcended their wildest hopes. What then? Has the enemy abolished Christianity” (Landesman, 260)?
In this situation, the enemy that is addressed is an atheist, and they have found evidence against the validity of the Bible. So does this abolish Christianity? Absolutely not. The evidence that they found would not influence a true believer in Christianity. When a person has faith, no amount of evidence can change that faith. “Without risk there is no faith” (Landesman, 267). Having faith in religion is a risk, but it is a risk worth taking.
Blaise Pascal explains why having faith in religion is a risk worth taking in his book Pascal's wager. In the first part of the wager, Pascal compares our knowledge of God to our knowledge of an infinite number. No one

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