This is the first of four installments in a series I’ve been laboring over. I will post one a day. After that I will post the full article in its entirety. -g.w.
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[The end of the Age of Enlightenment has revealed the darkening shadow that lay hidden beneath. The continuance of the Age of Intellectualism is furthering that shadow to reveal a deepening darkness spreading across the globe.]
The Age of Intellectualism has done as much damage to the reputation of God in its way, as the Dark Ages mythologies (myths and legends) of God did in its time.
Continuing from an earlier post, posted April, 16 (Age of Intellectualism/Dark Ages)
“[Philosophers] are like a traveler passing through a field at night who in a momentary lightning flash sees far and wide, but the sight vanishes so swiftly that he is plunged again into the darkness of night before he can take even a step-let alone be directed on the way by its help.” ~ John Calvin ~ “Institutes of the Christian Religion”
The age of intellectualism has mixed human philosophy with scripture, the profane with the holy, in order to discover an understanding of a God that is quite beyond human understanding. In so doing it is natural to see how it has flowed in such a direction as to produce an over- blown sense of mankind’s own grandiose belief that he, after all, has no need of God. That he can do all these things (moral) of God by his own intelligence and natural “logical” thinking. In so doing reducing God to a single dimension of morality only, serving to inflate their view of their special egocentric driven intellectual acumen. That self-view tended to increase over a long period of time, rarely being seriously questioned by them.
Is it so surprising, then, that the steady march toward “Atheism” has grown like a wild weed? Choking the life from man’s reasoning abilities? Affecting his science, philosophy, education; infiltrating his very social structures? And in such a way that would make philosophers of ages past scratch their heads, wondering what went wrong in human philosophical thought processes?
Where and when did reason become so twisted that reason is now unrecognizable in much of today’s dialogue and rhetoric? Simply put, yet not so simple, it flows from the putrid fountain of the growing belief in mankind’s elaborately excessive pride of self’s natural human, and earthbound, intellectual ability to be more capable than it is. –
More is to come > g.w.