One thought on “Study Break–“Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Sense of Religious Belief” (BBC Documentary)

  1. This is a very pregnant demonstration about how truly reformed theology (and anthropology) puts all of life’s questions back in the hands of the individual. Only the individual can make his own personal sense of the un-utterable. Two points stand out: “the religion of the future is without priests or ministers” — which I take to mean that priests and ministers, as they are commonly understood, seek only to exercise power and control by use of words; and “we have to learn to live without the consolation of the Church,” which means the Institution’s only achievable goal is getting us to depend on it as an authority or substitute for accountable thinking.

    I have wondered why the writers of the New Testament did not set their hands to a more formal and systematic theology rather than merely addressing current problems and queries in a conversational way, drawing on metaphor and lessons from history. Wittgenstein seems to say, “Because they recognized the limits of language.”

    I am drawn to Christianity as “a description of something that actually takes place in human life.” It makes sense of my experience and pacifies my longing to understand with simple silence.

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