reference to a third way of relating to ourselves is sufficient to break the hold of the other two on their occupants. To become Oneself is to have a direct relation to God, to cease being double-minded or self-deceived. The fathers sense of guilt was so great (for having cursed God? Carl Schmitts political theology uses concepts such as the decision and the exception, which draw heavily on Kierkegaards concepts of the moment and repetition. His art of communication became the art of taking away since he thought his audience suffered from too much knowledge rather than too little. One symptom of the change was that mass society substitutes detached reflection for engaged passionate commitment. That is, Abraham recognizes a duty to something higher than both his social duty not to kill an innocent person and his personal commitment to his beloved son, viz.
This Christian conception of the relation between (eternal) truth and time is distinct from the Socratic notion that (eternal) truth is always already within usit just needs to be recovered by means of recollection ( anamnesis ). The individual is thereby subject to an enormous burden of responsibility, for upon h/er existential choices hangs h/er eternal salvation or damnation. Many other writers have been inspired by Kierkegaard to tackle fundamental issues in philosophy, politics, theology and psychology. On the contrary, he needed a form of rhetoric which would force people back onto their own resources, to take responsibility for their own existential choices, and to become who they are beyond their socially imposed identities. The central paradox is the assertion that the eternal, infinite, transcendent God simultaneously became incarnated as a temporal, finite, human being (Jesus). Eventually Kierkegaard became more and more worried about the direction taken by the Danish Peoples Church, especially after the death of the Bishop Primate.P.