“Take Christianity, for example. It came in as life, sheer daring, that risked everything for the faith. The change began when Christianity came to be regarded as a doctrine. This is the theory; it was about that which was lived. But there still existed some vitality, and therefore at times life-and-death disputes were carried on over “doctrine” and doctrinal formulations. Nevertheless, doctrine became more and more the distinctive mark of being a Christian. Everything then became objective. This is Christianity’s theory. Then followed a period in which the intention was to produce life by means of the theory; this is the period of the system, the parody. Now this process has ended, Christianity must begin anew as life.” (Soren Kierkegaard, Journals and Papers, Vol. iii, 635).