commentary: Mightier Than the Sword (Part Nineteen)
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 17-Oct-15; Sermon #1291c; 10 minutes
John Ritenbaugh, continuing the exposé of philosophers who have wreaked greater damage on civilization than all military exploits taken together, focuses on a word that entered the philosophical vocabulary in 1854, namely epistemology, sometimes referred to as "the science of how we come to know what we know." Epistemology works fine when confined to the predictable laws of physical science, laid down by Almighty God before the foundation of the world. But when epistemic focus is applied to philosophy, morals, and ethics, it fully breaks down because the majority of the 'great' human philosophers are rock-ribbed, atheistic humanists, totally at variance with any possibility that we have a Creator to whom we are beholden. Without the acknowledgement of God, epistemology has no authority to set humanistic standards in place of the Creator. God is above all authority; the physicist has far more savvy about this self-evident reality than does the befuddled humanistic philosopher.