The life and faith of Kierkegaard can be seen in his works. He proposes from his own existential experience “three stages of life” and the “concept of the hero.” In these reflections on faith, he argues for the importance of the “knight of faith,” a focus he develops in his writing. This paper seeks to reflect the characteristics of the knight of faith from Kierkegaard’s personal life and from his works. It examines how human beings can bring about their own existence by the choice of a leap of faith; that is to say, the interrelatedness of these faith stages and God. It explains how a Christian life of offering and self-giving can, by faith, become the key to this knighthood of faith.
The research consists of three parts: biography, an analysis of major themes, and a dialogue between these two （biography and major themes）. The first part tries to present key events in Kierkegaard’s life and to discusses faith position and choices he face via internal and external conflicts. The second part explains the substance and position of faith through the knighthood of faith. The knighthood of faith is a double movement. This manner of faith combines “infinite renouncing” and “infinite moving.”It presents its individuality, inner life, and hiddenness, and has an “objective suspension” which is in a process of silence, solitude and fear and trembling, giving up the finite and seizing the infinite instead. Carrying absolute love and devotion, it provides the means for a leap of faith. Therefore, the “knighthood of faith” is an offering without restraint. It belongs to the heart.
The third part of, the dialogue between biography and major themes, describes this synthesis as “aria of Kierkegaard’s life.” Kierkegaard uses the solo part of an “aria” to present the role of the “hero of faith.” Through self-sacrifice or devotion, he offers a song about the relationship between himself and God. Because of faith, he makes life choices and sacrifices. For example, he offers to God his beloved Regina, his writing career, his “works,” and his life in total. This kind of whole-hearted offering is comparable to Abraham’s offering of Isaac, which is without reservation（Abraham is one of Kierkegaard’s models of a knight of faith）. It is ethical in the sense of responsibility and morality, yet puts aside ethics temporarily for the sake of faith. What he gets is faith is an individual relationship with God. It is a total reversal of the “hero of faith”—in the eyes of the world it is a tragedy, but in the eyes of faith it is a comedy. There needs to be a choice to make a hero distinct. In the same way, there needs to be a self-giving of offering to make a hero of faith （a knight）. Kierkegaard’s life challenges all of us to become the hero of our own life, offering ourselves up heroically to become a Christian who imitates Jesus and walks in the journey of offering. He claims that this offering is the goal of our whole life andpresents the only way we can win.