PHILOSOPHICAL DAMAGE

September 25, 2018

Is it possible that Democrats were born with a seared conscience or were they educated out of any sense of morality?  The recent shenanigans they have utilized in the Supreme Court hearings regarding the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh are illustrative of any lack of sense of true integrity.  It would take up far too much space to chronicle all of the subterfuge, but informed readers are painfully aware of the mounting chicanery.  Our purpose is to examine not the effect, which is glaringly obvious, but rather the cause which leads highly educated politicians to a departure from sound reason.

Most Congressional members were schooled at prestigious universities where the very word “philosophy” is revered and treated like its own deity.  All professors are expected to have at least one "philosophy"as long as it has no conservative overtones.  Consequently, philosophical ramblings find ways to enter discussions regardless of the subject material.  In Philosophy 101 the student is familiarized with the four basic philosophies that sum up all that unregenerate mankind has ever invented to overthrow the written revelation of God.  These are:  Naturalism, Idealism, Realism, and Pragmatism.  Other names have been invented and pasted on numerous variations of these four, but the four remain as the basic foundations of every subsequent philosophy.

Few young skulls filled with mush can escape these institutions of higher disabling without catching a heavy dose of philosophical fleas.  For some peculiar reason those who have been persuaded toward liberalism and possess political ambitions are primarily affected with pragmatism.  A pragmatist, pure and simple, is someone who believes that the definition of good is whatever will work best.  Evil would be whatever failed to work.  Work is the optimum word to the pragmatist, not in the sense of laboring “man hours” for a living (Proverbs 14:22, 23), but rather in the sense of what produces the results that you want.  If there are no absolute definitions of good and evil, then sin, as such, does not exist.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) who was a first-rate atheist and communist, promoted international socialism all his life.  Ol’ Berty is hailed as one of the great philosophers of modern times.  His writings are insightful when we attempt to understand the mind of a pragmatist…consider this jewel of wisdom.  “Science provides food for the body, philosophy provides food for the mind.  The knowledge it aims at is the kind of knowledge which gives unity and system to the body of sciences.  The value of philosophy is in fact to be sought largely in its very uncertainty; the man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in prejudices derived from common sense”!  There you have a first-class, grade A, twentieth century philosopher telling us what philosophy is all about:  1. It is the supreme authority because it unifies sciences.  (I never have figured out how it does that);  2. It has no absolute truths and no certain assurance of what it hypothesizes; and  3. It “liberates” prisoners who are held captive by common sense.

Ivy League grads can easily rationalize the discarding of observance of absolute truths and common sense in the name of high sounding philosophy.  This opens the door for “the end justifies the means,” regardless of collateral damage.  This allows scandals to be invented, people of integrity to be cruelly attacked with no evidence to support the claims, dossiers to be manufactured which contain total lies and distortions, and bags full of dirty tricks to be employed.  The pragmatist is only concerned about the success or failure of the plan and the results.

The Apostle Paul wrote:  “this know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come, For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God;” (II Timothy 3:1-4). At least two-thirds of these descriptions are a direct result of philosophical pragmatism that has crept into our educational system and corrupted every level of society.

When Paul encountered philosophers in Athens he clearly demonstrated to them that their agnosticism amounted to nothing more than superstition.  The reaction was predictable---some mocked, some procrastinated, some believed (Acts 17).  Thank God for believers!

God’s exclamation mark is:  “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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