Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Seinfeld and Philosophy

Reading Seinfeld and Philosophy: a Book About Everything and Nothing, (ed. William Irwin, Open Court, 2000). I'm not much of a philosopher, but I enjoy Seinfeld.

William Irwin, the editor, contributes an essay entitled, "Kramer and Kierkegaard: Stages on Life's Way." Now there's a juxtaposition of names and world-views! Irwin writes about the passion and "the absurdity and difficulty involved in making the leap of faith" into Kierkegaard's "religious stage" of life (a leap Kramer never makes, by the way). This sentence caught my eye:
The early Church Father Tertullian said, "I believe because it is absurd." p56
There's a fair amount of that kind of absurdity rattling around the Anglican world just now, only it's not particularly funny.

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