A Kierkegaardian Perspective
Chapter 3. Unity of Faith and Reason
← 44 | 45 →
UNITY OF FAITH AND REASON
Kierkegaard on Freedom and Grace
Despite the fact that Kierkegaard opposes human autonomy, some disagree. They argue he propagates autonomy and the fact is most transparent in his discussion of freedom and grace. One critic who advocates that argument is Timothy Jackson. Jackson states, “Kierkegaard and his pseudonyms offer a consistent, and consistently Arminian, account of grace and freedom.”1
Jackson calls Kierkegaard Arminian for three reasons: 1. His “commitment to universal access to the highest things, over and against belief in double predestination or Christ’s limited atonement for the elect.” 2. “His commitment to equal responsibility before the highest things, over and against strong versions of sacerdotalism or spiritual collaboration.” 3. His “commitment to human freedom, freedom of choice, and what might be called ‘true’ freedom, over and against fatalistic doctrines of irresistible grace or an overly rationalized account of moral and religious commitment.”2
First, by commitment to universal access what Jackson implies is Kierkegaard holds that a person “can grasp the highest,” namely the universal or religion. One can achieve his or her own salvation. In support Jackson quotes a passage from Kierkegaard’s Journal. It reads: “I cannot abandon the thought ← 45 | 46 → that every man, however simple he is, however much he may suffer, can nevertheless grasp the highest, namely religion.”3 Jackson also refers to Philosophical Fragments as evidence of Kierkegaard’s Arminianism. He writes: “Johannes...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.