“For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.” Ecclesiastes 1: 18
The Age of Intellectualism (13th century to present) lead to the Age of Enlightenment (circa 17th century and ending only recently) which traveled as cohorts until Intellectualism declared supremacy and cast Enlightenment aside. Making the Age of Intellectualism over-bloated, having consumed the last remnants of the Enlightenment. And thereby casting away any vestige of reason left that bridled, the presently unbridled, Intellectualism. Intellectualism, without even the now minor, influence of the Age of Enlightenment, is a loose canon unleashed into the world, almost wholly unchecked.
The Age of Intellectualism has gone rogue. It is now a phantom of it’s original purpose for being, almost a thousand years hence. That original purpose was to give evidence of the existence of God, by using reason and logic as it’s tools, to hold before the skeptical, unbelieving, and unwilling of the world.
The end of the Age of Enlightenment has revealed the darkening shadow that lay hidden beneath. The continuance of the Age of Intellectualism, now engorged and full of itself, 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, in its early stages, mixed human philosophy with scripture, the profane with the holy, in order to discover an understanding of a God Who is quite beyond human understanding by human intellect alone. 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 conceit-inflated 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 ego-centric 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? Affecting his science, philosophy, education, infiltrating his very social structures? In such a way that would make philosophers of ages past scratch their heads, in 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 that putrid fountain of the growing belief in mankind’s elaborately excessive pride. In turn driving fantasy-self’s natural human, and earthbound, intellectual ability to be more capable than it is. –
Science, that be-knighted savior, the joy of the early “Age of Enlightenment,” has been so entangled by the weeds of fantasy, conjecture, and absence of reason that the scientists of truth and objectivity have been ostracized from the “social club” that claims the supreme power over all. And such is taking us into a “New Dark Ages” bereft of reason and increasingly filled evermore with prideful intransigence.
And where is the God Who created science? In fact – He is where He has always been. In fact – He has not been displaced by even a millimeter. The Alpha and Omega, He is also, by implication, everything in between also. He can Not be moved by any outside volition. That is very simply observable fact born of empirical evidence, and common knowledge, regardless of any wrongful position publicly, and falsely, stated.
However, the supreme secular fanaticism of the New Dark Ages has repeated, and is repeating, the very same self-pride induced fatal mistakes by empires, kingdoms, cultures, and peoples of all age’s past. And there is nothing new under the sun. Mankind’s basic nature has never changed. The New Dark Age driven fantasy is declaring the One True God, simply put, dead. Ignored. Shunned. Put under their feet. Removed. Declared non-existent. And their empty victory shout is: FREEDOM! Fact being, that self-destructive insanity, brought about by self-enslavement to spiritual darkness, is NOT freedom. Their cry is unmasked to truly reveal it for what it is: An oxymoron. Self-delusion. A lie being stared down by Truth. And Truth laughs out loud as witnessed by His deterrent moves at critical junctures. –
To be clear, I am not analyzing. I am simply reporting as an observer. I am a spectator looking down from thirty-thousand feet at the big picture (figuratively speaking, of course). As I observe I try to put pieces together to get a better understanding of the time I am living in. A time observed of which I am not alone in thinking, “something has gone dreadfully wrong.” I have many questions, and the answers all seem to zero back around to one glaring precise position, the single most fatal flaw from which all others emanate. And that most blinding position of intransigence is: NO GOD.
A grievous flaw which, in this unique time of events, affect’s all people of the globe. For the reason that there seems to be no place of escape, physically, from the results of what is transpiring. Time and history is spinning out of man’s control and is on a direct collision course with the very God that they deny. This observation from a not-so-disinterested spectator. I am VERY interested because I am in this world also, and my heart and soul is on the firing-line too. I, too, will experience the suffering of my loved ones along with that of millions, even billions of people who are not in agreement with the self-appointed supreme leaders of the New Dark Ages. The Bible has an interjectory statement used many times throughout at just such times as the one we’re in now.
The phrase: “But God:”- Example, “but God, in a time of His own choosing, acted….” The result being that looming disaster for His subjects was thwarted according to His interests, plans, will, and desire. You see, this “God- that- does -not- exist,” is NOT disinterested of anything pertaining to mankind. His keen eye of extreme interest is always focused exactly where it should be — and that is everywhere and upon everything. —
Therefore, this time we are in does not mean it is an end of all things. This will not be the end of the story of all mankind. His written guarantee says the many will stand, and stand by His direct intervention.
There is empirical evidence for those who discern it, that the Age of Intellectualism is coming to its natural end. It had a good run, lasting from the 13th century to the dwindling present. Be that as it may, it has depleted and burned itself out by it’s demand to be worshiped. It has become a false religion, making itself just another false god. In demanding an end to religious Truth, the pride of its own lies is causing it to consume itself. Much like the serpent that swallowed itself by catching its own tail. Intellectualism is devouring itself in believing its own lies.
At the risk of mixing metaphors, there is also the destructive image of a dying scorpion, in it’s death throes, lashing out with its poisonous stinger in many directions. With the intent of doing as much harm as possible before its final demise. In other words, the New Dark Ages under Intellectualism will not go “quietly into that dark night.”
However, it will be it’s own false religion that will be the coup de grâce. And quietly or no, it will go. It will go into that dark night of whose garment it now wraps itself. Even that garment itself will depart with them.
I invite you, the reader, to read once again Psalm 2 as one representative witness, among the plethora of witness’ throughout the proven truth of history recorded in the Bible. As man’s schemes and devices, plans and self-worship, have always come to naught, so now it will also end. And end badly, for all who ascribe to that society of self-important vanity-cum-hubris.
I didn’t cite any Bible references here, except one. I think those who know already, already know. Those who don’t, may yet, if that is what they choose. But time is of the essence for choice. The collision course draws nearer. And Morning’s Dawn will soon appear.
As I said earlier, I wrote these observations as an interested spectator, a witness to what I see, through investigation, experience, and answers revealed to me where I lacked them, sight where I was blind. All glory belongs to Almighty God, My Savior, to whom I owe my life and all goodness He bestows. For He, alone, is the Fount of every blessing and all goodness upon the earth. -g.w
Editor’s Note: The editor’s attempt was to give a broad over-view to shine a light on “what has gone so badly wrong. And how things have strayed so far from the mark that so many proclaimed to be aiming these past sixty-odd years.” Apparently sixty-odd years is a very small portion of time, considering the overall picture of so vast a time from where it began; to the dire straights we now find ourselves in this present time of darkening shadows. That, however, excuses no portion nor part of humanity, for at any time mankind could have discerned error and changed course. But prideful greed is an insatiable beast. And its desire is to have us, and have us destroy ourselves. –g.w
1 Why do the nations conspire[a]
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron[b];
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.