A Conversation for Religion - An Introduction

Wittgenstein

Post 1

Steve K.

"Certainly Wittgenstein worried about being morally good or even perfect, and he had great respect for sincere religious conviction, but he also said, in his 1929 lecture on ethics, that 'the tendency of all men who ever tried to write or talk Ethics or Religion was to run against the boundaries of language,' i.e. to talk or write nonsense."

http://www.iep.utm.edu/w/wittgens.htm#H3

Personally, when I hear religionists (or, worse, politicians) talk about what God "says" or "thinks", I am reminded of Wittgenstein's idea that what you can't know, you can't talk about.


Wittgenstein

Post 2

Lucky Llareggub - no more cannibals in our village, we ate the last one yesterday..

It's good to have an anchor aboard one's ship. I use 9 words from Shakespeare which serve the purpose:
We are such stuff as dreams are made on.

That's it. That's all. It will do. No requirement to read thousands of pages of dangerous & inflamatory religious text or subscribe to somebody's dogma.


Wittgenstein

Post 3

Steve K.

" ... and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep ... "

smiley - wizard

Yes, Prospero had it closer than all the priests. So did Caliban, of all people:

"Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not."

smiley - monster


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