Expressed Christianity

The emminently quotable Kierkegaard:

The moment I take Christianity as a doctrine and so indulge my cleverness or profundity or eloquence or my imaginative powers in depicting it: people are very pleased; I am looked upon as a serious Christian.

The moment I begin to express existentially what I say, and consequentially to bring Christianity into reality: it is just as though I had exploded existence—the scandal is there at once.

p.Kierkegard’s journals, 1834-1854