In the 17th century a giant intellect arose in France by the name of René Descartes. He is considered by many as the father of modern philosophy. His thinking certainly served as a harbinger for the period known as the Enlightenment that would follow in the next century.
Descartes was a son of the church. He did not set out to reject faith or deny church dogma. What he did purpose to do was explore with his mind the limits of human knowledge. His pursuit of knowledge is said to have begun with a series of three visions, which he believed were divine visitations. Following these heavenly encounters, he began to explore what could be known through reason alone. There is an apocryphal legend that he enclosed himself in a barrel for these ruminations. Although this is a fanciful tale, he did seclude himself in order to explore the power of his own reason. Continue reading →
We have dealt with Freemasonry elsewhere on this site. I think that most men who are members of a Masonic Lodge do not truly understand the religious and spiritual basis of Masonry. It is really not Christian at all. However, there are many Christian men and women in the Lodge and in the Eastern Star who are unaware of the spiritual dangers of the Masonic system. Our hope and prayer is that God will awaken them to the truth. Our goal is not to attack Masons, but to reveal the truth about Masonry. With this object in mind, we offer these questions for consideration by any Christian who is a Mason. Continue reading →
We live in a day when everything is relative. According to the popular mythology, nothing is absolute. (How popular mythologists get by with this absolute I will never understand.) Truth and morality are situational, personal, relational and relative. The all-too common thinking runs something like this: “If I think it is okay, then it is okay. If I perceive it as moral and good, then it must be moral and good.” Usually what such thinkers actually mean is “if what I am doing is something I want to do—that makes me happy—then it must be good.” Continue reading →