Each morning you have to break through the dead rubble afresh so as to reach the living warm seed. Ludwig Wittgenstein (1929), Culture and Value, 2 Seeds, if they're going to accomplish anything, must remain buried, hidden, unseen. It is not the seed we notice, it's the blossoming flower, the ripened fruit, the full head of grain. … Continue reading Wittgenstein Wednesday: April 10, 2019
A lot of times, when people say things like, "All I want is to be happy, but all life gives to me is crap," what they don't realize is that life keeps giving them crap because they're fishing in a sewer.
A good simile refreshes the intellect. Ludwig Wittgenstein (1929), Culture and Value, 1 Although it's not technically a simile, this quote makes me think of the prologue to the Gospel of John. I think of this not only because of the metaphorical language John employed in his prologue to make a deep philosophical and theological point, but … Continue reading Wittgenstein Wednesday: April 3, 2019
We cannot get behind the wheel of a car blindfolded with no destination in mind and expect to arrive anywhere meaningful.
One of the problems I have being a student in the areas of theology and philosophy is that I am constantly coming into contact with writers and thinkers who I haven't actually read. Although the graduate program I'm currently enrolled in has exposed me to a lot of great thinkers and their writing, much of … Continue reading Introducing “Wittgenstein Wednesday”
In an unpublished lecture note that sits in the manuscript archive at the Yale University library, Alfred North Whitehead is quoted as saying: Every scientific man in order to preserve his reputation has to say he dislikes metaphysics. What he means is he dislikes having his metaphysics criticized. This quote is a spot-on description of … Continue reading On Reading “Faith vs. Fact” by Jerry A. Coyne
Like so many books that rest comfortably on my shelves, Writing and Difference was an impulse buy prompted by the dual realization that (1) I know who the author is and why he/she is considered "important," and (2) that I had never actually read that particular author. Being a graduate student in the area of Christian apologetics … Continue reading On Reading “Writing and Difference” by Jacques Derrida