Footnotes, Chapter 10e
Kierkegaard and Radical Discipleship: A New Perspective (Eller)
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In Dru’s and in Rohde’s selections from Kierkegaard’s journals, the number identifies an entry rather than a page; the date following is that of the particular entry.
1. "He Is Believed On in the World" (Pt III, Discourse 7) in Christian Discourses, 248. S.K. was not here addressing himself to the matter of creeds, but the anti-creedal implications are inescapable.
9. Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, ed. Samuel Thurber (New York: Allyn and Bacon, 1929), 144-45.
Franklin was confused on one point. Michael Welfare (the German name was "Wohlfahrt") was a monastic from the Ephrata Cloisters and not properly a Dunker. However, although on some points it would be highly misleading to identify the two groups, on the point of non-creedalism no damage is done; the Brethren and the Beisselites were of one mind. The outstanding example of Wohlfahrt's principle in practice among the Brethren is Mack Junior's open letter on feetwashing (above).
The above statement is probably the only kind thing Franklin ever said about the Brethren. As a printer, Sauer Senior was a competitor of Franklin's--a serious enough competitor that Franklin tried to force him out of business by buying up all available ink supplies. Sauer circumvented him by making his own ink. Also, at a later time, Franklin published a tract demolishing the German sectaries for their nonresistant lack of cooperation in the Indian wars.
10. The expediti were crack troops of the Roman army, highly trained and disciplined, carrying the very minimum of gear so that they could move into trouble spots quickly and decisively. They were the ancient counterpart of storm troopers, commandos, or the Green Berets of the U.S. Special Forces.
11. Papirer, 10:4:A:73 (1851) [my trans.--V.E.]. A somewhat fuller account than is given here, describing how I came to make this find, etc., is my article "Kierkegaard Knew the Brethren!--Sort of," Brethren Life and Thought, 8 (Winter 1963), 57-60.