Kierkegaard: "Truth ALWAYS Rests With the Minority!"

I just freaking love this:

"Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion -- and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion... while truth again reverts to a new minority. In regard to Truth, this troublesome monster, the majority, the public, etc... fares in the same way as we say of someone who is traveling to regain his health: he is always one station behind.” 
(Kierkegaard's Diary)


Until the voices of the marginalized (the “other”) are given affirmation and equality, God’s voice literally cannot be heard. That's why feminist, queer and other postcolonial theologies have become so important to me. They are attempts at opening doors for the people I love most.

In contemporary Christianity, perceptions have been sadly and purposefully warped through the demonization and delegitimization of fringe/marginal/postcolonial/"MINORITY" movements and perspectives. As Phyllis Bird eloquently argues: "The authority of the Bible does not rest in the infallibility of its statements, but in the truth of its witness to a creating and redeeming power, which can and must be known as a present reality."




Kierkegaard is perceptive here, recognizing that Christianity is always a diaspora religion - only truly "true" at its own fringes where it is marginalized - the minority.  So the truth is constantly changing, refusing to be represented or affirmed by the majority or the powerful.

3 comments:

Anthony said...

Great quote from Phyllis Bird! Do you have the source for that handy? If not don't bother looking for it, I'll manage to find it.

Peter J Walker said...

Anthony, yes! Missing Persons page 264! Cheers!

Anthony said...

Thanks very much for citation. Useful quote, and something to ponder. The book, on Amazon "Look Inside", appears to have a bunch of other good insights and arguments. I will put it on my list.

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