Existentialism Existentialism is a study of being.
Existentialism was born out of the mind of Soren Kierkegaard as a Christian philosophy.
It places a high emphasis on irrational faith that one acts on and does not study, thus rationality is devalued in theistic existentialism. Though born out of a 19th Century response to rationalism, its impact has spread into the 21st century and is finding its way into popular Christian books.
Though Existentialism is helpful in reminding Christians that rationalism is inadequate, it destroys the idea that Christians can truly have a relationship with God. Theistic existentialism is a system that devalues the rationality of faith — sometimes to the point of denying that faith is rational at all — and places a heavy reliance on experience within the faith.
In fact, one anecdote is often a misquotation of St. Francis, it appeals to the idea of working toward something instead of sitting back and figuring out how that something works.
The question, according to existentialists, is why would one want to sit back and study God when one could just go out and live in a relationship with Him?
Materialistic science ultimately turns man into nothing more than a highly evolved animal, incapable of true morality, true goodness, or true beauty. Rationalism destroys all emotions, making all emotions irrational and inadequate.
The existentialist looks at this, agrees that all of it seems logical, but then turns the other way and rebels against the rational system.
He seeks after the absurd and embraces it, taking comfort in his experience though it contradicts what he knows to be logical. The birth of existentialism in the 19th century was a reaction to the Enlightenment thinking. If man is just a machine then art, love, emotions and all the other things that distinguish man from all other animals are just illusions.
The father of existentialism, Soren Kierkegaard, proposed his theory late in the 19th century as a response to the Enlightenment finding its way into Christianity.
By the mid 19th century, Christianity had succumbed to German higher criticism.
Kierkegaard, saddened by what he saw, developed a system of belief that counteracted the rationalism of his day. Kierkegaard taught that all of Christianity was based on experience and that one could not prove God existed or even make a rational claim about doctrine within Christianity.
Kierkegaard believed that if people would stop trying to prove God and instead experience Him, the world would be better. Finally, Kierkegaard even applied his view to Scripture — though he believed the Bible was infallible based on a leap, not on any rational ground or evidential ground he also believed that Christians must interpret the Bible through their own experiences and use the Bible to validate their own experiences.
When one comes across a passage, one should not try to decide what it meant, but instead what it means. In other words, looking to the historical meaning is pointless as modern man does not live in the historical context of the Bible, thus it is better for man to read the Bible as a tool to discover what to do now.
One does not live the Christian life because it makes sense, but instead because one is passionate about it. Even if those passions are wrong, so long as one is passionate it does not matter.
Many modern existential writers follow the idea that one cannot prove the existence of God through evidential appeals or logic. What I mean is, people actually feel it…I think one of the problems Laura was having was that she wanted God to make sense.Existential Absurdity is the feeling that existence seems absurd, but ‘seems to have’ or ‘should have’ some hidden secret and mystery.
And the consequent agonizing Existential Search (which generally encourages this absurd . We have already seen that for the existentialists it is of equal importance what one says and the way in which something is said.
This forms part of the attempt to return to a more authentic way of philosophising, firstly exemplified by the Greeks. We have already seen that for the existentialists it is of equal importance what one says and the way in which something is said. This forms part of the attempt to return to a more authentic way of philosophising, firstly exemplified by the Greeks.
Commitment—or “engagement”—is thus ultimately the basis for an authentically meaningful life, that is, one that answers to the existential condition of being human and does not flee that condition by appeal to an abstract system of reason or divine will.
Existentialists believe in living—and in fighting for life.
The politics of existentialist writers around the world varies widely, but each seeks the most individual freedom for people within a society.  The reason for this is that existentialists have denied the rationality of the faith, but God is a reasonable God who calls man to reason with Him (Isaiah ).
To reason with someone includes propositional thought, logic, truth, and experience.