Lent Madness: Sojourner Truth vs. Søren Kierkegaard
February 24, 2016 § 1 Comment
Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.
Sojourner Truth was born Isabella “Belle” Baumfree in Ulster County, New York, to James and Betsy Baumfree around 1797. Colonel Hardenbough sold Belle away from her parents for $100. She was sold four more times before 1815.
Around 1815, she married and over the course of several years, gave birth to five children. Her owner, John Dumont, promised Belle her freedom. However, he later went back on the agreement, citing that Belle had cost him additional money owing to an injury she had sustained. In 1826 Belle left the Dumont property with her youngest daughter, having been convinced by a vision of Jesus that it was time to seek freedom… Read more here.
Søren Kierkegaard, born in 1813, was raised in an affluent family with Lutheran roots (his uncle Peter was a bishop in the Danish Lutheran Church). A man of contradictions, Kierkegaard received a classical education from the University of Copenhagen even while expressing his desire to live a life more of action than of speculation.
Throughout his life, Kierkegaard had an antagonistic relationship with the Church. In contrast to many philosophers and theologians of his time, he believed that it was impossible to prove faith, that faith (like love) could not be reasoned out but requires a “leap” of faith. Such faith (and its accompanying doubts) was important to Kierkegaard’s life.
At the same time, Kierkegaard regarded the Church (in particular, the state church) as a place where the words of faith were spoken without the actions of love. The state church had intractably intermingled the politics and influence of the world with the inner life of faith..…Read more here.