Philosophy: In Six Words

There has been a trend of “Six Word Stories” or memoirs started off (perhaps) by Hemingway’s famous example, “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” A list of such stories can be found here. I thought it was a novel idea and so I propose starting philosophy (philosophy of religion, specifically) posts of six words. I’ve included some examples below, and I would love to hear what others come up with. Make sure to write only six words; no more, no less. I prefer philosophy of religion, but I’ll be accepting epistemology, idealism, etc. I will select comments I find particularly good to be featured in my list below (and citing them to the authors, of course). Note that I will not be accepting anti-theistic entries or the like.

Six Word Philosophy:

Universe Had Beginning: God Started It

Freedom of the Will: Explains Evil

Religious Experience: Perception of Divine Nature

To Be Is To Be Perceived [Berkeley]

God Exists And He Loves You

Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior

Some notable entries from comments (below):


“Science: seeking God’s ways since 1620.”

“Sin is darkness. Jesus is Light.”

“Nietzsche: ‘God’s dead!’ ‘No I’m not.'”

About J.W. Wartick

J.W. Wartick is a Lutheran, feminist, Christ-follower. A Science Fiction snob, Bonhoeffer fan, Paleontology fanboy and RPG nerd.


3 thoughts on “Philosophy: In Six Words

  1. A few quick ones – will write more as they come… 🙂
    (oh, and I hope you have html tags turned on for comments 😛 )

    Nietzsche: “God’s dead!” “No I’m not.”

    Screwed up? God loves you anyway.

    Sin is darkness. Jesus is Light.

    Jesus is knocking. Will you open?

    Pain, suffering: only in this life.

    Posted by Sentinel | May 10, 2010, 6:57 PM
  2. Science: seeking God’s ways since 1620.
    (Note: that’s when Francis Bacon published his treatise on the scientific method).

    Posted by Sentinel | May 11, 2010, 3:14 AM
  3. These don’t sound much like six word stories. More like the titles of essays.

    Still, it brings up a topic near and dear to my heart: philosophical fiction. I love the stuff.

    A couple of my favorites are “The Theologian’s Nightmare” by Bertrand Russell (no surprise there) and, more recently, “Three Worlds Collide” by Eliezer Yudkowsky. A novella exploring meta-ethics through humans encountering two alien species with radically different value systems from ours (to give you an idea just how different, chapter 1 is titled “The Baby-eating Aliens”):

    Also: The Tale of the Twelve Officers by Mark Vuletic (on the problem of evil).

    And Cataract, also about the problem of evil, by the same author:

    Posted by DAVID E | May 16, 2010, 2:58 PM

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