Year:2022   Volume: 4   Issue: 2   Area: Philosophy

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Salima ‎GAID ‎


Søren Kierkegaard is well-known for being the first founder of existential philosophy, and since he ‎was a genuine Christian philosopher, he established the Christian's existentialism, in which he ‎associated religion and existentialism, through an existential experience par excellence, that is, a life ‎lived by a very distinguished person; the existential philosopher.‎ Kierkegaard draw a distinction between the public religion; a religion of the common people or the ‎mob, which is based on tradition only, and on superficial external practice, like various rituals and ‎rites, which do not express the accurate essence of religion, and the religion of the philosophers, ‎which is the religion of special people; it is founded on a completely individual experience, which ‎reflects the self-existence of every human being, with his pains, fears, sorrows, and ‎disappointments., this is surely the true religion for Kierkegaard; a profound inner spiritual and ‎existential experience, which expresses the individual's own life, and is not shared by anyone ‎else.For that, Kierkegaard's religious experience was based on the most important existential ‎concepts, such as anxiety, despair, sin, boredom, pain, loneliness.‎ In this paper, we seek to study Kierkegaard's religious experience as an existential experience in ‎the first place, by examining how Kierkegaard has transformed the religious experience into an ‎existential experience? What are the most important existential concepts on which this experience is ‎based? Then to what extent Kierkegaard has successfully linked the Christian religion with his ‎existential philosophy?‎

Keywords: Existentialism, Religion, Anxiety, Pain, Self, Individual, Sin