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Citation Information for “Søren Kierkegaard, ‘God's Existence Cannot Be Proved’”

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”Kierkegaard's argument is that abstract thought is incapable of grasping ‘what it means to exist’ (because it abstracts from the concrete) and is confined, by definition, to the world of the possible, to a timeless and static world, seen sub specie aeterni. But ‘passion’ is the door to existence and under the right conditions opens the way to a real and certain knowledge of existence, although that knowledge cannot be communicated in the ordinary, ‘direct’ dialectical form (the formal logic of abstract thought). Alexander Dru, “Introduction,” in Soren Kierkegaard, The Soul of Kierkegaard (New York: Dover Publications, 2003), 21.

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