Here’s an important reminder from George MacDonald:
There is no massing of men with God. When he speaks of gathered men, it is as a spiritual body, not a mass.
I have Orthodox friends who attack Kierkegaard’s individualism. Perhaps there is something to attack there, perhaps not, but all too often their attack is that Kierkegaard’s overemphasis on the individual obscures our ties to one another and makes nonsense of Christian ecclesiology. But I say, briefly, bearing MacDonald in mind, that Kierkegaard is not making nonsense of ecclesiology, but rather preparing the way for it, by making sure that we understand that there is no massing of men with God–and that the church is not a mass, but a spiritual body: a qualitatively different thing.
The deep similarities between MacDonald and Kierkegaard deserve study.