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date: 03 August 2020

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This article focuses on Kierkegaard's approach to Scripture, particularly his treatment of Matthew 6. The discourses dealing with Matthew 6 are found in three separately published works, and in a fourth that remained unpublished at Kierkegaard's death. The article deals primarily with the first three, which are also distinguished by their focus on the themes of the lilies and the birds. It argues that while Kerkegaard's rejection of social, economic, and political factors in his analysis of and prescription for the maladies of the age may not suit our taste, the lilies and birds undoubtedly helped him to articulate a distinctive response to modernity that would provide a striking alternative to both mainstream bourgeois and Marxist positions in the history of 19th- and 20th-century ideas.

Keywords: Kierkegaard, Matthew 6, Scripture, modernity

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