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He went on to maintain the Christians of our day have only an esthetic grasp upon the meaning of Christianity. They accept it along with other factors in their folkways, but it never becomes for them anything more than a customary way of acting and meeting crucial events, like birth and marriage and death. All the thoughts that really count, the important free decisions, the attitudes which shape and build the man through his deliberate consent and self formation, are taken from outside the Christian, even the religious, sphere. This meant for Kierkegaard the Christian religiousness had been transformed into a kind of automatic dreaming, and that peoples lives are being shaped by aesthetic rather than religious categories.

James Collins, The Mind of Kierkegaard (Chicago: Henry Regency Company, 1953), 41. How little has changed.