The intention of this article is to present a problem: a problem of intention and meaning. Lately, my musings have been concerned with these two problems of intention and meaning within the realm of philosophy. Now, to avoid these two problems when discussing philosophy one must understand what is meant and often times intended with the usage of the word ‘philosophy’. It is almost never intended to be the original designation of ‘the love of wisdom’, instead, it is a usually referenced as a system.
What is this system? Well, without any foundation, they are systems of thought that seem to do nothing but puff themselves up with faulty assumptions or vain thinking. However, upon a foundation, they are useful tools in the evangelization of the truth. Upon a sound foundation of a particular philosophical system these other philosophies serve as useful tools. If philosophy is not used as a means to an end, then it will do nothing else but breed heresy, skepticism, and will horrendously damage the truth, the truth understood as the Gospel, or literally the “Good News”. To demonstrate the point, the philosopher William James has noted that we don’t ask whether a hammer is true or not, but whether it works in producing the desired effect; this is the glory of philosophy, and the beauty in pure reason.
So then, what is this altar of philosophy of which this article is so sternly named? It is a worship of the lesser-system of philosophical thought without regard for the particular foundation of philosophical thinking. One might ask, well certainly, but what on earth can this particular philosophical system be? Will it cause you to recoil at the thought of myself stating objectively what this particular system is? That this is not something that is based upon one’s own feelings, but rather is absolute and entirely objective without regard for what one thinks of it. I speak of this Person Christ. The very Word upon which all creation hangs.
So what do we make of this? Have you been granted an intellectual mind? Good! Use it for the glory of the truth. The only thing you have left to discover, is precisely this: discover the truth. Seek it in Personhood of God, ask, and receive. Call upon his name, the name of Christ, and receive the due justice of a renewed mind that is conformed to the very object of pure reason.