The Use of Earthly Philosophies as extension of ‘Media.’ Or ‘Useful Medias of Thought.’
Keep this quote in mind while considering what I say below: “Since Satan cannot destroy the gospel, he has too often neutralized it its usefulness by addition, subtraction, or substitution.” - J.C. Ryle
In his book ‘Ploductivity,’ a practical theology on work and wealth, Presbyterian Pastor Douglas Wilson discusses usage of the term ‘Media,’ meaning the tools at our disposal. Ranging from Honey Catching sticks, to cars, to computers and Smart Phones. Media is invented and inherited. It is the inevitable march of technology as tool equipment in tandem with wealth— where tools are acquired as wealth. I think this is useful in understanding the utility of Earthly Philosophy, as ‘Useful Medias of Thought.’ Where perhaps it could be taken that thought can be a tool as evidently as a shovel.
Philosophy may be a wealth of thought and a borrowing of the mental labour of others in accumulation. Such wealth is worthy before God — As long as these philosophies do not contradict scripture in their conception, or even we can extract the non-contradictory components in an honest effort to integrate and assimilate human philosophy under the purview of Christ and the Spirit, without affront to God. It is ultimately our intent that matters when reading such philosophy; if we maintain the Word in our heart (and a definitive Christ-metaphysic) it will in fact be easy to discern the corrupted lines of thought. It is purely our hearts that matter in the incorporation of influences and inputs into our souls. If we exalt philosophy above God then this is our own corruption.
A few test cases,
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