The constant possibility

by Andrea Elizabeth

Kierkegaard’s Intoduction complete, I reflect. Sin is a constant possibility, not a necessity. Ideal ethics, sinlessness, is not an actuality.  K doesn’t deal with the sinlessness of Christ or His Mother at this point. Dogmatics takes sin into account in explaining why. Psychology explains how. Psychology also encompasses aesthetics and happiness, but not ideal ethics. Ethical asceticism would then be on the basis of ultimate, not temporal, happiness. Beauty may be temporal, but must abide by certain rules to remain so.

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