from misunderstanding to unconfused union
by Andrea Elizabeth
Is Kierkegaard operating in the dialectic, albeit rejecting Hegel, of the mind vs. the heart? from Wikipedia:
“Love itself has an ethical and an esthetic element. She declares that she loves and has the esthetic element and understands it esthetically; he says that he loves and understands it ethically. Hence they both love and love each other, but nevertheless it is a misunderstanding. Stages on Life’s Way, Hong (Letter to the Reader) p. 421″
Stages on Life’s Way is the sequel to Either/Or.
One characterization of western theology by the east is that the west uses a forensic approach where it is necessary to divide and closely examine in order to understand. The east uses a more holistic, organic approach which St Maximus and Chalcedon describe as the uniting of heaven and earth, male and female yet “unconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the difference of the Natures being in no way removed because of the Union, but rather the properties of each Nature being preserved, and (both) concurring into One Person and One Hypostasis; not as though He were parted or divided into Two Persons, but One and the Self-same Son and Only-begotten God, Word, Lord, Jesus Christ”
I stretched the combination of Maximus and Chalcedon a bit in the male and female union. Nevertheless, we of western heritage are used to a certain style of education and who are not yet deified may find our minds and hearts in a separated state, and who better than Kierkegaard to explain to us the state of the disunion? Yet he is known as a Christian. I have theorized that western Protestants are in the stage of engagement to Christ, if one believes that being received into communion in the Orthodox Church is marriage to Him.