In the life of Søren A. Kierkegaard “the instant” had two distinct meanings. The first use of the phrase “the instant” is the point of intersection of time and eternity. It is the split second of decision, and the flash of a personal revolutionizing vision: a decisive “glint of an eye” to live in the existential moment. However, The Instant was also the title of a broadsheet Kierkegaard published at the end of his life that directly attacked “Christendom” and the idea of a Christian Nation. Through a layered account using narrative vignettes, I examine how “instants” and Kierkegaard's The Instant impacted my ideas of identity, community, and Christianity, leading me to a place of exile.
Walking in Kierkegaard's Instant and Walking out of American Christendom
Andrew F. Herrmann is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at East Tennessee University. The author wishes to thank Alain Brönnimann and Chelise Fox for inspiration. Correspondence to: Andrew F. Herrmann, Department of Communication and Performance, East Tennessee University, 218 Campus Center Building, P.O. Box 70667, Johnson City, TN 37614, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Andrew F. Herrmann; Walking in Kierkegaard's Instant and Walking out of American Christendom. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2015; 4 (2): 96–119. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2015.4.2.96
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