Christians, We Are Bad Philosophers

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9d7 (1)Introduction

Now, my fellow Christ Followers, before you go and get defensive or overly offended at what you think this title means, let’s both have some wisdom and practice this proverb:

Proverbs 9:10 (NIV) – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” –

This verse always reminds me of a man that I will inevitably have to mention named Socrates. Socrates was famous for many things, one of them is the assertion of this statement:

“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”  –

There are a few variations of this quote due to the several interpretations through only secondhand sources, some of which even substitute the word “knowledge” with “wisdom.” Either way, there is a common theme between what Socrates observed as well as the formerly mentioned verse from Proverbs, and that theme is humility. Socrates, in my opinion, was not trying to say that wisdom was attained through knowledge but rather the prerequisite to knowledge which is inquisitiveness. You cannot seek the knowledge of something without admitting you don’t know that knowledge. In a similar way, Proverbs teaches us that wisdom is enabled by “The fear of the Lord.”