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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Great Ideas
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (May 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143037579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143037576
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great Ideas... is the right name for these slim, elegant paperbacks... They are written with precision, force, and care. -- The Wall Street Journal

Penguin Books hopes to provide an economical remedy for time-pressed readers in search of intellectual sustenance. -- USA Today

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Damian Kelleher on September 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Faith, it goes without saying, is a personal thing. It is a private aspect of a person's life that may, if they wish, become public, though there is no real need for this to occur. Faith is something that cannot be explained - certainly not to the satisfaction of an atheist - rather, it is something that is believed. Faith, in short, is faith. The particularities of faith are among the causes of many great schisms of the last thousand or so years of European history. Fear and Trembling, Kierkegaard's small, dense work on faith, tackles the problem of what is means to believe.

In the 19th century, secular philosophy believed that religion was explicable, whereas the difficulties of Hegel were exceedingly great. 'I for my part have devoted a good deal of time to the understanding of the Hegelian philosophy, I believe also that I understand it tolerably well, but when in spite of the trouble I have taken there are certain passages I cannot understand, I am foolhardy enough to think that he himself has not been quite clear. All this I do easily and naturally, my head does not suffer from it. But on the other hand when I have to think of Abraham, I am as though annihilated.'

Annihilated. Kierkegaard explores the biblical story of Abraham, who was commanded by God to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Abraham sets out with the full intention of doing so, but is prevented at the last moment. A ram is provided as a sacrifice instead. Kierkegaard saw this as the supreme example of what it means to have faith, and how faith could never be properly understood through the lens of faith.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan D. Young on April 24, 2008
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This is an amazing book that deals with Abraham and his order from God to kill, then desist from killing Isacc. This book has the ring of Gods image, or inner truth distilled in us all. Abraham was indeed no genius but with the combination of realizing his inner image of God (truth) and his faith he took a huge step for Gods Children. With that combination abraham possed true faith. It was God himself who told Abraham to sacrifice Isacc, yet a mere angel whom told him not to. A person of modern faith would have, without much doubt went ahead and killed Isacc as a person of modern faith would think that the angel was the devil simply tempting he/she-after all it was god who gave the order to kill and only an angel who said not to.

Find out if you have been blinded by modern faiths lack of truth and seeking, and see if you would do as abraham did. Read this and it will help you tear away modernities fairy tale faith from the inside out and leave you seeking true faith, a faith that does not come cheap and is not shear leniency like most modern versions of faith.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn on December 6, 2012
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Arrived quickly. As far as quality of the book, it was well made and produced. My problem is this penguin edition is only a section of the actual book, making it not worth this price.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LaLaLola on August 31, 2013
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I ordered this book for a class of mine. It was only $1.84 or something like that and the description said it was in great condition so I was really excited. They shipped very fast - the very day after I placed the order. However, it took FOREVER to deliver. It was before the estimated delivery date, but it was still very late considering when I ordered it and when they shipped it. Anyway, I received the book and it was it extremely poor condition. The book is water damaged, the entire book is completely bent. I have no idea if this happened during shipping or the book was just like this. If the book was originally like this, the details about its condition were very misleading. I am never ordering from these people again. Also, they had very bad tracking for the book. The tracker said the book was in MD for days and days, even after it was shipped to me and I live nowhere near MD. Never again from these people.
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