The hidden divine experimenter: Kierkegaard on providence

N. Verbin*

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The paper is concerned with the nature of Kierkegaard's commitment to God's loving providence as it shows itself in his writings in general, and in his remarks on Governance's Part in his Authorship in particular. I argue that, for Kierkegaard, God's loving providence is not an objective fact that he discovers as intervening in nature, history or in his private life and authorship. Rather, God's loving providence is fundamentally hidden in the wretchedness of existence. God is like a hidden experimenter who does not intervene in his experiment. Thus, the passion of faith determines the issue, for Kierkegaard. God's loving Governance is realized in inwardness, in loving the neighbor, and in living this love in self-denial, obedience and suffering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-191
Number of pages27
JournalKierkegaard Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021


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