Saturday, June 19, 2010

Philosophy Vs. Revelation

This week's installment from "The Fundamentals

By Philip Mauro

It follows of necessity that philosophy and divine revelation are utterly irreconcilable. The very existence of philosophy as an occupation of the human mind depends upon the rigid exclusion of every explanation of the universe which is not reached by a speculative process.

If a philosophy admits the existence of a God (as the philosophies just now in favor do), it is a god who either is dumb, or else is not permitted to tell anything about himself, or how he made and sustains the universe. Should the philosopher's god break through these restrictions, there would be straightway an end of his philosophy. For it is not the pursuit of truth that makes one a philosopher.

The pursuit of truth, in order to be philosophical, must be conducted in directions in which truth cannot possibly be found. For the discovery of what philosophers pretend to be seeking would bring their philosophies to an end, and such a calamity must, of course, be avoided. Therefore, the moment one receives an explanation of the universe as coming from the God who made it, he can have no further use for philosophy.

One who has obtained the truth is no longer a seeker. The value of philosophy, therefore, lies not in its results, for there are none, but solely in the employment which its unverifiable speculations afford to those whose tastes and intellectual endowments qualify them to engage in it.

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