The Wisdom of the Wise
In his letter to the Corinthians,
Quoting the book of Isaiah, Paul wrote:
‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise’.
This bold statement claims that peasants and fools
Are of a purer faith, willing to gain
God’s love and live by the laws of nature.
It asserts that wise men, priests and scholars
Were lost in abstraction, enjoyed worldly
Pleasures and turned away from the true faith.
Maybe this is why his age was lacking
In great teachers, scribes and philosophers
(Seneca and Pliny might disagree),
But to claim it from the mouth of the Lord
Is a deep fraud and one of the gravest
Fallacies that Man has ever produced.
The debt owed to ‘Heathen’ philosophy
By Christian writers is undoubted.
Saint Augustine and Thomas Aquinas
Straight up to Erasmus were influenced
By Plotinus, Aristotle, Plato
And Boethius, even the more Stoic
Like Cicero were read by learned monks.
If God can be only known through study
Of The Bible and universal love,
Often confined to some mystics, well then,
Joseph Priestley, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin,
Men of the Church, would have taken umbrage
With that backwards looking worldview.
To them, intense study of chemistry,
Laws of motion, even evolution
Was the study of the Works of The Lord.
A series of experiments based on
Observation and inductive reason
Rationalised the Creation, the laws
Removed the mystery, natural finds
Undermined the miracles and designs.
Scientists have released Man from bondage
And created a race of atheists,
Like their Greek counterparts, which must be so
In order to regain the wisdom of the wise.
© 2017 AGP