Written from the perspective of an unbeliever, Fear and Trembling explores the paradox of faith, the nature of Christianity
and the complexity of human emotion. Kierkegaa rd examines the biblical story of Abraham, instructed to sacrifice his son
Isaac, and forces us to consider Abraham's state of mind. What drove Abraham, and what made him carry out such an absurd
and extreme request from God? Kierkegaard argues that Abraham's agreement to sacrifice Isaac, and his suspension of reason,
elevated him to the highest level of faith. He explores more comprehensible alternatives, but in each one Abraham fails the
test of faith, thus showing that true faith cannot be explained, understood, or made rational. His thesis is a compelling
counterpoint to Hegel, who maintained that reason was the highest form of thought, and proved a significant source of inspiration
to later existentialist philosophers such as Camus and Sartre.