Sunday, November 01, 2009

Fichte, Philosophy, and Faith

Johann Gottlieb Fichte was a German philosopher of the late 1700's and early 1800's. He was a intellectual father of Hegel and Marx. In his "Outlines of the Doctrine of Knowledge (1810)," Fichte attacks the existence of God by creating god as an ideal type and then arguing that man is in essence god.

It's a neat little trick, and it's very effective. But Fichte's god is not the God of the Bible -- it's a mental construct that is his alone. Yet many today employ a similar process when discussing God. And by doing so, they fall into the philosophic trap of arguing against their own mental construct. So, instead of learning more about God, they simply debate nonsense.

Since Fichte, Hegel, Marx, and many others saw no need for God, they went about creating sophisms that stand against God. As a point of truth, they never succeeded; as a point of obfuscation, they achieved brilliant success. And the results of their mental games are the evils of our day.

Be careful that when you seek God, you seek Him through the Bible and not through your own abstraction.

note: Thanks to the folks over at Marxists.org -- the Marxist Internet Archive -- for exposing 8 gigabytes of Marxist writings and other media. It's an extensive resource of nonsense. That said, I hope that the curators see the light before it's too late.

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