What is Lessing's ditch and what would be the answer by Kierkegaard ?I came across in the Concluding unscientific Postscript written by Kierkeggard. Please explain in a straight forward so that i...

What is Lessing's ditch and what would be the answer by Kierkegaard ?

I came across in the Concluding unscientific Postscript written by Kierkeggard. Please explain in a straight forward so that i can grasp that work in a better manner. Many Thanks in advance.

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was a distinguished poet, critic, and religious thinker of the Enlightenment, whose Philosophy of Religion is often considered an important predecessor to Higher Criticism. The major problem for Lessing with revealed religion was the Christianity claimed to have been proven by miracles but he could find no proof of miracles independent of Christianity. He describes this problem as 'the ugly great ditch which I cannot cross, however often and however earnestly I have tried to make that leap.' Kierkegaard`s  'leap of faith' is the leap needed to cross Lessing`s ditch.

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