Philosophy geared towards literature or science

Philosopher Richard Swinburne on the church’s intellectual flabbiness in the 1950’s:

The church’s lazy indifference to modern knowledge appalled me; and I saw that, even if as many as 20 percent of the population of the United Kingdom still went to church in 1954, things wouldn’t go on like that unless Christianity could fit in better with the intellectual worldview.

In due course I came to realize that behind this “lazy indifference,” as I saw it, lay a theological attitude. There were theological “justifications” of why reason had not part to play in establishing the foundation of the Christian theological system. The most influential modern German theologians were German, of whom the best known was Karl Barth. They derived their philosophy from the Continental tradition in philosophy of the past two hundred years. This includes such very diverse figures as Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Sartre. But it seemed to me – and has seemed to most Anglo-American philosophers – that what characterizes them all is a certain sloppiness of argument, a tendency to draw big, vague, general pictures of the universe, without spelling them out very precisely or justifying them rather thoroughly, a kind of philosophy geared toward literature than toward science. And the philosopher who above all influenced the theologians was Soren Kierkegaard, who thought the choice between worldviews was a highly nonrational matter.

From Kelly James Clark, Philosophers who believe.