Friday, September 10, 2010

Modern Philosophy is a Rival to Christianity

"Good Christian Humanists were moral beings of the conventional sort, but their trained minds wanted something more: a metaphysics that would reformulate or at least parallel in classical terms the Catholic theology. Most of them found it in Plato. He had taught that human beings are in a cave with their backs to the entrance and looking at the inner wall, which reflects dimly the reality outside. Interpreted, this means that the senses give an imperfect copy of the eternal forms of Being. These are the proper object of human attention. By steady effort, the individual can raise his sight from the love of earthly things to the love of eternal beauty, which consists of those pure forms. Such is the Platonist's grace and salvation." Jacques Barzun – From Dawn to Decadence, page 55

1 comment:

Pilgrim said...

Salvation "by steady effort," raising one's own gaze to the True. No triple-holy God, infinitely offended by man's insurrection, in love predestining sons for adoption, pouring out his wrath on his Son, himself, that he might be just and the justifier of the ungodly, inviting whosoever will to come and wash his garments white in the blood of the Lamb.

Who would want a philosophy without that God? that love? that beauty? What more is there for "trained minds" to desire?

They are wise only in their own eyes.