Kierkegaard proffers his well-known "Knight of Faith" versus the "Knight of Infinite Resignation". Resignation is an act of the will, not helpless abdication. The Knight of Infinite Resignation is no coward. He is a man committed by a volitive act to perform some deed or adhere to some ethical code. The Knight of Faith is a man who is also brave, but in a different way. He adheres by faith to some impossible (absurd) telos [end, goal]. It is here in Fear and Trembling that Kierkegaard introduces his concept of "faith by virtue of the absurd". Abraham is not only a man of resignation (resolve), but is the father of faith, the supreme example of faith against the absurd. God had promised him a son. He had to wait decades for that son (Isaac) to be born in the face of Sarah's doubt. Then God commands Abraham to sacrifice this long-awaited son. Somehow, Abraham had the faith to obey God, knowing that God would deliver his son. In later works Kierkegaard would advance the concept of the paradoxical (, ), and the dichotomy of faith versus offence ().
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The individual is related to the absolute, in that a man such as Abraham, "the father of faith", is in relation with the deity by the paradox of faith, whereas the ethical, which is impersonal, is inferior to the individual. For Kierkegaard, the ethical is related to the future, in that it must be adhered to perpetually (see ). In Fear and Trembling, he is concerned with the interaction of the single individual vis-à-vis the ethical and the religious. Concerning the ethical, Abraham's duty to Isaac is fatherly love. The individual is higher than this universal, and thus concerning the religious, man's duty is related to the absolute, that is, to God, who posited the ethical. From all of this Kierkegaard draws a startling conclusion: When God commanded Abraham to slay his son, the ethical actually became a temptation for him. Abraham could have yielded to the ethical without engaging his thought, will or his heart. But man cannot servilely obey the universal when the absolute contravenes it.
Fear and Trembling - Kierkegaard, D
One must always keep in mind that in the paradox of faith, the paradox of radical subjectivity, the paradox of choosing when one might actually be deceived or even self-deceiving, is done is fear and trembling and not something the serious person takes lightly.
Fear and Trembling | The Kierkegaarden
As is concerned with the esthetic and the ethical, Fear and Trembling is concerned with the ethical and the religious. Kierkegaard attempted to undermine uncritical repose in the ethical, but has sometimes been interpreted as paving the way to nihilism. It is not necessary, however, to take this position.
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We all know that fear destroys love and spoils relationships, and a great deal of the New Testament is taken up with getting rid of the old ideas of fear and substituting the new ideas of love and trust.
Fear and Trembling | HardlyWritten
I came to the conclusion, a little reluctantly, that the expression 'in fear and trembling' had become a bit of a cliche', even as it has in some circles today.
Kierkegaard, Soren: FEAR AND TREMBLING
Feeling anxious in situations where we can be the focus of attention is understandable and normal. This might be giving a talk or a speech, or a presentation to work colleagues. For those with social anxiety however, being in situations where they feel they are under the scrutiny of others causes extreme anxiety. This fear of social situations can also include eating in front of others or making conversation at a party. Underpinning this fear is a fear that others are thinking negatively of them, and/or fear possible criticism or being humiliated. The intensity of this fear results in the person avoiding situations where they will feel socially anxious.