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Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard is a thought-provoking philosophical work that delves into the complex nature of faith and ethics. Through a series of pseudonymous writings, Kierkegaard explores the biblical story of Abraham and his willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac as a test of faith.

The book challenges readers to consider the limits of ethical duty and the paradoxes of religious belief. Kierkegaard raises important questions about the nature of morality and the individual's relationship to God. His writing style is dense and at times difficult to unpack, but the depth of insight he offers makes the effort worthwhile.

While some may find Kierkegaard's ideas controversial or challenging, Fear and Trembling is a rewarding read for those willing to grapple with the complexities of faith and ethics. It serves as a valuable reminder of the importance of questioning our beliefs and examining the motivations behind our actions. Ultimately, Fear and Trembling is a timeless work that continues to provoke deep reflection and discussion among readers.

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"And God tempted Abraham and said unto him: take Isaac, thine only son, whom thou lovest and go to the land Moriah and sacrifice him there on a mountain which I shall show thee. Genesis 22:1" Soren Kierkegaard wondered how Abraham made the movement of faith that made him the father of faith mentioned in the New Testament . Fear and Trembling is the product of his wonder. Work out your salvation in fear and trembling . One-third of "Fear and Trembling" was translated in 1923 by Lee Hollander in the University of Texas Bulliten. This book has already been read in parts in the Short Nonfiction Collection but I think some might be interested in listening to it as a complete reading.

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