Ludwig Wittgenstein and God
Selected scholars consider Ludwig Wittgenstein an agnostic, others a Christian; many more, including atheists, feel that he rejected God. Wittgenstein had all his children baptized and the quotes below are noteworthy.
Christianity is not a theory but a description of what actually takes place … salvation by grace (Ludwig Wittgenstein).
I cannot help seeing every problem from a religious point of view (Ludwig Wittgenstein).
God grant the philosophers insight of what lies in front of everyone’s eyes (Ludwig Wittgenstein).
If what we do now makes no difference in the end, then all the seriousness of life is done away with (Ludwig Wittgenstein).
Within Christianity it’s as though God says to men: Don’t act out a tragedy, that is to say, don’t enact heaven and hell on earth. Heaven and hell are my affair (Ludwig Wittgenstein).
The meaning of the world lays outside the world; the meaning of the world we can call God (Ludwig Wittgenstein).
Saint Paul said, “I die daily” – just think what that must have meant (Ludwig Wittgenstein).
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- R. Monk (1990), Ludwig Wittgenstein. The Duty of Genius, Free Press.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein (1972), Lectures on Religious Belief, in Lectures & Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief, University of Calif. Press, pp. 53-54.
- Wittgenstein (1964), Philosophische Bemerkungen, Basil Blackwell, vorwort.
- Wittgenstein (1998), Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Athenaeum-Polak & Van Gennep, vorwort.
- Wittgenstein (1965), ‘A Lecture on Ethics’, The Philosophical Review 71(1), p. 9.
- Wittgenstein (1979), Bemerkungen über Frazers Golden Bough / Remarks on Frazer’s Golden Bough, The Brynmill Press, p. 1.
- R. Rhees (1970), Discussions of Wittgenstein, Routledge and Kegan Paul, p. 94.
- A.C. Grayling (1996), Wittgenstein, Oxford University Press, 2 and H.J. Glock (1996), A Wittgenstein Dictionary, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 320-323).