By Peter Heinegg
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Dem Apostel Paulus erschien vor Damaskus der auferstandene Christus, zu Augustinus sprach eine Kinderstimme «Nimm und lies! », Luther hatte sein «Turmerlebnis», Pascal nähte die Erinnerung an eine imaginative and prescient in seinen Mantel, und Martin Luther King hatte einen Traum von Freiheit und Gleichheit. Ob mystische imaginative and prescient oder plötzliche Einsicht: Von den religiösen Schlüsselerlebnissen aus können Leben und Werk großer Theologinnen und Theologen auf einprägsame Weise erschlossen werden.
Blaise Pascal started as a mathematical prodigy, built right into a physicist and inventor, and had turn into by way of the top of his existence in 1662 a profound spiritual philosopher. As a thinker, he used to be such a lot confident through the lengthy culture of scepticism, and so refused – like Kierkegaard – to construct a philosophical or theological approach.
Christians look ahead to prayers to be replied, for an afterlife in heaven, for the Virgin Mary to seem, and for God to talk. They wait to be liberated from oppression, to be “saved” or born back, for Easter morning to sunrise, for therapeutic, for conversion, and for baptism. ready and the discontentment and desire that regularly accompany it are defined in phrases which are, before everything look, remarkably invariant throughout Christian traditions: what is going to take place will occur “on God’s time.
The lengthy interval from the Renaissance to the 19th century provided a variety of assets for Kierkegaard's idea in any variety of various fields. the current, quite heterogeneous quantity covers the lengthy interval from the delivery of Savonarola in 1452 during the starting of the 19th century and into Kierkegaard's personal time.
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