Faith

Without risk there is no faith. Faith is precisely the contradiction between the infinite passion of the individual’s inwardness and the objective uncertainty. If I am capable of grasping God objectively, I do not believe, but precisely because I cannot do this I must believe. If I wish to preserve myself in faith I must constantly be intent upon holding fast the objective uncertainty, so as to remain out upon the deep, over seventy thousand fathoms of water, still presrving my faith.” (CUP)

As experts in spotting hidden premises you might have noticed that Climacus seems to reject agreat deal of what you have studies in philosophy of religion. In fact he is explicit about this in the preceding section:

I contemplate the order of naturein the hope of finding God, and I see omnipotence and wisdom; but I also see much elsethat disturbs my mind and excites anxiety. The sum of all this is an objective uncertainty.

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