The Idol of False Philosophy
Philosophy is littered with would be geniuses who defy common sense and the Scriptures.
From the idealist and empirical philosophy of Bishop Berkeley, who questioned the reality of the material world, to Benedict Spinoza, who pantheistically concluded that the whole created world is God, to Kant who believed that only the phenomenal world and not the noumenal (the world in itself) world could be known, to logical positivism, which held that truths could only take two forms, namely the analytic a priori and synthetic a posteriori and dismissed all religious statements as meaningless, modern philosophy has wrecked havoc on both the minds and souls of educated people everywhere.
I hearken back to Colossians 2:8 :
8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits[a] of the world, and not according to Christ. (ESV)
Now we have reached a society in which skepticism has run amok and faith is too often forgotten.
We look on at the still shining beacons of both ancient and medieval philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas, who often came to conclusions much more in accord with reality than many of our most eminent philosophers of the past 500 years.
However, despite all our missteps as humanity conducting philosophy, we should not abandon the philosophical enterprise, we should not leave the philosophical debates to secularists, hoping that our simple faith alone will change the hearts of hardened skeptics.
Instead, now is the time to re-awaken the metaphysical impulse, to engage in philosophical and theological analysis of the truths of God.
God has called us to be beacons ourselves, to be ready for the skeptic’s questions. Paul writes in Philippians 2 :
15that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. (ESV)
Each of us should value the enterprise of philosophy, while not denying its faults. It is time for well-reasoned Christian philosophers to challenge the dogma of secularists and skeptics before it can poison our society any longer.