Søren Kierkegaard

Fear and Trembling

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Fear and Trembling is a philosophical work by Soren Kierkegaard, published in 1843. The title is a reference to a line from Philippians 2:12, "...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling." — itself a probable reference to Psalms 55:5.
Kierkegaard wanted to understand the anxiety that must have been present in Abraham when "God tested him and said to him, take Isaac, your only son, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering on the mountain that I shall show you." Abraham had a choice to complete the task or to refuse to comply with God's orders.
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