Woody Allen, Theologian

  • Author(s): John Dart
  • When: 1977-06
  • Where: Christian Century
  • """Kant was right. The mind imposes order. It also tells you how much to tip. I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying. God is silent. Now if we can only get man to shut up."" Quickly now, who penned those mortal lines? Nineteenth century philosopher Søren Kierkegaard writing on a stale Danish to amuse his friends?. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in an earlier career as itinerant ghostwriter for Aimee Semple McPherson? Billy Graham in his diary for April (entries presumably followed by, “Only foolin’, Lord, only foolin’ ”)? None of the above. The thoughts are those of the troubled agnostic religiophilosopher Woody Allen -- the same Brooklyn-born thinker who long ago changed his name from Allen S. Konigsberg to avoid being mistaken for just another German theologian. "

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