Title: Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing
Author: Søren Kierkegaard
Rating: 3.5 of 5
I feel like I would have to read this at least once more to really do it justice…it’s pretty dense. That said, I’ll give you my overall impression of it anyway. I appreciate his main point of a pure heart being one that has a fixed and driving desire to do “the Good” / holiness / God’s will. Many of his examples of what it looked like to “will one thing” (or neglect to do so) were helpful and challenging. However, I felt the majority of his argumentation to be convoluted and forced. I just wasn’t convinced of his whole premise that every sin is a form of double-mindedness and only those who will to do “the Good” are single-minded. As I said, I might understand his points better on a second or third reading, but I don’t know if I’ll take the time to do it.
That finishes off the last book that I was in the middle of reading before starting my seminary class…on to C. S. Lewis!