CHRISTIAN TRACTATUS - SECTION 20

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20. It is better to remain silent than to make a pretence at knowledge.

20.1 While it is necessary (or interesting, or useful) to ask questions of the world, it is not always possible to find answers.

20.2 The above statement is a commonplace in the physical sciences and should be anticipated in other areas of enquiry.

20.3 The shortness of life should not deceive us into believing too hastily the provisional structures we inherit or build to help us run our lives. The fact that we often have to act immediately must not lead us to precipitate judgements.

20.4 It may be that the main issues of life are too complex to solve, certainly at the moment, given our current ignorance of the answers to much simpler problems.

20.4.1 Hence, all natural theology should be treated with extreme suspicion.

20.5 The only possible "easy solution" is a revealed religion such as Christianity. However, though the Christian solution seems to be the best religious solution available (though I have not attempted to demonstrate this proposition in this paper), it is far from clear that it is a correct solution to the problem, given the other knowledge of the world with which it must be integrated.

20.6 "What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence" (Wittgenstein, Tractatus 7).



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