Stuart Hampshire on Theology

Because I have to post something, while I’m dealing with my existential crisis, I quote Stuart Hampshire:

Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules.
Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives.
Theology is a game whose object is to bring rules into the subjective.

Partially inspired by Jerry Coyne’s recent thoughts about theology, which were inspired by another great thinker, Walter Kaufmann.

And, for kicks, here’s more Hampshire:

A man becomes more and more a free and responsible agent the more he at all times knows what he is doing.


As self-consciousness is a necessary prelude to greater freedom of will, so it is also a necessary prelude to a greater freedom of thought.

Once I figure out my current philosophical crisis, I will be writing more.