In Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard examines the old story of Abraham being commanded by what is perceived to be god to kill his only child. Abraham had spent many years trying to conceive a child with his wife Sarah and finally successfully had a boy named Isaac. In what appears to be the test of ultimate sacrifice god, appearing as a burning bush, asks Abraham to take his only son to the mountain and kill him with a knife. The question most people ask is why would a god command Abraham to commit such an atrocious act. Furthermore is Abraham a rational individual, is he crazy, or is this the display of pure unfiltered faith?
To answer these questions we must first cover some basics. Murdering Isaac would have clearly been unethical and against any sort of moral code no matter what. This is undisputable, for even the very god that appeared before him commanded that killing another human being is a sin. Secondly that Abraham's faith had led him into almost murdering his own son. So what exactly was the thought process of Abraham who seemed to love Isaac and at the s...
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