I did some research (pausing and repausing on my dvr) and found out the name of the book Hurley took off of Montand.Â The book is written in some language other than English, but I was able to figure out what book it is.Â It is “Fear and Trembling” by Soren Kierkegaard.
Here is a summary from wikipedia:
“The work begins with a meditation on the faith of Abraham when he was commanded by God to sacrifice his son Isaac. Silentio gives four alternative re-tellings in which Abraham fails the test of his faith and contrasts them with his own interpretation of the story of Abraham and the faith therein demonstrated. Silentio professes to admire Abraham’s faith, but he is utterly incapable of comprehending it.”
the words alternative re-tellings stuck out to me
Here are some themes:
“In Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard introduces the “Knight of Faith” and contrasts him with the “knight of infinite resignation”. The latter gives up everything in return for the infinite, that which he may receive after this life, and continuously dwells with the pain of his loss. The former, however, not only relinquishes everything, but also trusts that he will receive it all back, his trust based on the “strength of the absurd”.”
The Knight of Infinite Resignation – MIB
The Knight of Faith – Jacob