Philosophy and "So Called Science."

Dean Gotcher

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Colossians 2:8

"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:" 1 Timothy 6:20

Philosophy is born in the child's carnal mind, thinking about how the world "is," subject to the father's/Father's authority, i.e., with the child having to humble, deny, die to, control, discipline his "self" in order (as in "old" world order) to do the father's/Father's will, how the world "ought" to be, subject to the child's carnal nature, where the child can do what he wants, when he wants, and how it "can" be—with the "help" of the philosopher king, the psychologist, the group psychotherapist, the facilitator of 'change,' the Transformational Marxist, the vanguard party (all being the same in formula)—a world 'liberated' from the father's/Father's authority (restraints), i.e., a world subject to the child's carnal thoughts and carnal actions only instead—in order (as in "new" world order) to have "worldly peace and socialist harmony." This results in the children being seduced, deceived, and manipulated as "human resource" for the "helpers" own pleasure and gain—without restraint, i.e., without accountability to any higher authority other then to their own carnal desires of the 'moment,' so they can do wrong, disobey, sin with impunity (and get paid). This "new" world order, where philosophy, psychology, and sociology become one and the same, is a world of "lawfulness without law," where the child's carnal nature ("human nature") rules without the father's/Father's restraints. (Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgment)

"Not feeling at home in the sinful world [in a world where the Word of God is preached, taught, and discussed in the home and in the community, making man "feel bad," i.e., have a guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning], Critical Criticism [questioning, challenging, defying, disregarding, attacking the father's/Father's authority, i.e. negating the father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth through the use of dialectic 'reasoning,' i.e. dialogue, i.e., "self" 'justification'—there is no father's/Father's authority in dialogue] must set up a sinful world in its own home [making sensuousness, i.e. the child's carnal nature, i.e., the child's love of pleasure and hate of restraint the "drive" of life and its augmentation the "purpose"]." "Critical Criticism [children questioning parental authority, i.e. 'justifying' their carnal desires of the 'moment,' hating restraint] is a spiritualistic lord, pure spontaneity, actus purus, intolerant of any influence from without." (Karl Marx, The Holy Family)

"The child, contrary to appearance, is the absolute, the rationality of the relationship; he is what is enduring and everlasting, the totality which produces itself once again as such [once he is 'liberated' from the father'/Father's authority to become as he was before the father's/Father's first command, rule, fact, or truth came into his life (separating him from his "self" and the world), of (and now for) "self" and the world only—loving pleasure, hating restraint]." (Georg Hegel, System of Ethical Life)

"To enjoy the present reconciles us to the actual." (Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right')

"Self-actualizing people have to a large extent transcended the values of their culture. They are not so much merely Americans as they are world citizens, members of the human species first and foremost." (Abraham Maslow, The Farther Reaches of Human Nature)

"Third-Force psychology is also epi-Marxian in these senses, i.e., including the most basic scheme as true-good social conditions [negation of the father's/Father's authority, i.e., 'liberation' of the child from the father's/Father's authority so he can be his "self," i.e., of the world only] are necessary for personal growth, bad social conditions [obedience to the father's/Father's established commands, rules, facts, and truth] stunt human nature,... This is to say, one could reinterpret Marx into a self-actualization-fostering Third- and Fourth-Force psychology-philosophy." (Abraham Maslow, The Journals of Abraham Maslow)

When we preach to, teach, and discuss with our "self" we are evaluating our life and the world around us from established commands, rules, facts, and truth, i.e., we are reasoning from (meditating upon) established commands, rules, facts, and truth, i.e., we are concerned with being (or doing) right and not wrong according to them (it). When we dialogue with our "self" we are evaluating from (aufheben), i.e., reasoning from, i.e., concerned with our "feelings" of the 'moment,' i.e., our love for the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates, hating restraint, i.e., hating the father's/Father's authority which gets in the way. It is here that the heart comes into play:

"The heart is deceitful above all things [thinking pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the Father's will, i.e., having to set aside pleasure, i.e., having to humble, deny, die to "self" in order to do God the Father's will, i.e., in order to do right and not wrong according the Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth], and desperately wicked [hating God the Father and His authority which "gets in the way," i.e. which prevents, i.e., inhibits or blocks it from enjoying the carnal pleasures of the 'moment'—which the world stimulates]: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9

Those who 'reason' dialectically, i.e., who reason through dialogue, i.e., who 'reason' as children of disobedience ('justifying' their "self") can not see their hatred toward restraint, i.e., toward the father's/Father's authority as being evil because their love of "self," i.e., their love of pleasure—which the world stimulates—is "in the way," 'justifying' their hate, blinding them to the truth of the deceitfulness and wickedness of their heart. God hates no one. He hates sin, judging us all according to what we do. A loving (benevolent) father, likewise, does not hate his children. He hates the evil or bad things that his children do, judging them according to what they do. In contrast, the child (of disobedience) can not separate his love of "self," i.e., his love of pleasure and the world which stimulates it from his hate of the father's/Father's authority, which restrains. Dialogue makes us all as children, loving pleasure hating restraint. Discussion makes us all as the father/Father, loving the person, but hating their doing or being wrong, judging them according to their deeds. The objective of those of dialectic 'reasoning' is to keep discussion, i.e., facts and truth, i.e., "I know." from getting in the way of dialogue, i.e., "feelings," i.e., "I think ...." "I feel ...." Philosophy, psychology, sociology, i.e., "so called science" is negated (ends) in an "I KNOW" ("I AM, THAT I AM." "It is written ...," "Because I said so."). The objective therefore (in dialogue) is to:

"prevent someone who KNOWS from filling the empty space." (Wilfred Bion, A Memoir of the Future)

Dialogue is the ground from which philosophy and "so call science" are initiated and sustained. The dialoguing of opinions to a consensus accomplishes the "deed" (praxis)—actualizes "self," 'liberating' it from the father's/Father's authority. This is the praxis of the "group grade," "be positive - not negative" classroom, where, through the dialoguing of opinions to a consensus the next generation is being 'liberated' from the father's/Father's authority (through the use of "safe places/spaces/zones," becoming "snowflakes") so they can do wrong, disobey, sin without having a guilty conscience, i.e., without having a fear of judgment—since, according to dialectic 'reasoning,' it is only "human," i.e., "normal" to do wrong, disobey, sin.

"There are many stories of the conflict and tension that these new practices are producing between parents and children." (David Krathwohl, Benjamin S. Bloom, Taxonomy of Educational Objectives Book 2: Affective Domain)

Karl Marx saw philosophers as children restoring the father's/Father's authority by creating a world of commands, rules, facts, and truth that only served their own carnal needs, at the expense of ("repressing" and "alienating") the other children. "The philosophers have interpreted the world in different ways, the objective is change.'" (Karl Marx, Feuerbach Thesis #11) It therefore required a "middle-man" (management) to "help" the children overcome their natural tendency to restore the father's/Father's authority, making not only the 'liberation' of the child's carnal thoughts and carnal actions the 'purpose' of life, but the negation of the father's/Father's authority the 'purpose' of life as well—"helping" the child undoing what he had 'created' in his first act of obedience to the father/Father, i.e., the father's/Father's authority, which went against his will, i.e., repressing human nature.

"The life [authority] which he [the child] has given to the object [to the parent, to the teacher, to the boss, to the ruler, or to God—when the child humbles, denies, dies to, disciplines, controls his "self" in order to do their will, thus "empowering" them] sets itself against him as an alien and hostile force." (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3)

"It is not individualism [the child subject to the father's/Father's authority, doing the father's/Father's will instead of his own] that fulfills the individual, on the contrary it destroys him. Society ["human relationship based upon self interest," i.e., finding one's identity in "the group," i.e., in society] is the necessary framework through which freedom [from the father's/Father's authority] and individuality [being "of and for self" and the world] are made realities." (Karl Marx, in John Lewis, The Life and Teachings of Karl Marx) "The real nature of man is the totality of social relations." (Karl Marx, Thesis on Feuerbach #6)

"Once the earthly family [with the children having to submit to their father's authority, i.e., having to humble and deny their "self" in order to do their father's will] is discovered to be the secret of the holy family [with the Son, and all following Him having to submit to His Heavenly Father's authority, i.e., having to humble and deny their "self" in order to do His will], the former [the earthly father's authority system, with children having to trust in and obey the father] must then itself be destroyed [vernichtet, i.e., annihilated] in theory and in practice [in the children's personal thoughts and social actions—no longer "building relationship" with others based upon the father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth (customs, traditions, doctrine) but, through dialogue, upon common "'self interests'" (carnal desires of the 'moment') instead]." (Karl Marx, Feuerbach Thesis #4)

"... the hatred against patriarchal suppression—a 'barrier to incest,' ... the desire (for the sons) to return to the motherculminates in the rebellion of the exiled sons, the collective killing and devouring of the father, and the establishment of the brother clan," (Herbart Marcuse explaining Freud's historiography in his book, Eros and Civilization: a psychological inquiry into Freud)

By making the child's carnal nature, i.e.., the child's love of pleasure and hate of restraint the 'drive' of life, "self" 'justification,' i.e., dialectic 'reasoning' becomes the 'purpose.' In this so called 'logic,' the child's carnal nature, being of the world only, makes all reasoning subject to "science," i.e., to the laws of the child's nature, and therefore the child's own life experience, i.e., love of pleasure and hate of restraint ("behavior science," i.e., psychology).

"Sense experience must be the basis of all science." "Science is only genuine science when it proceeds from sense experience, in the two forms of sense perception and sensuous need, that is, only when it proceeds from Nature." (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3)

"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:16

All philosophy does is redefine "the lust of the flesh" as "sensuous needs," "the lust of the eyes" as "sense perception," and "the pride of life" as "sense experience," making human nature academics, negating sin as an issue. By the children then 'discovering' what they have in common, i.e., their love of pleasure, they can 'justify' their hate of restraint, becoming one in the experience of pleasure and hate.

"In the dialogic relation of recognizing oneself in the other, they experience the common ground of their existence." (Jürgen Habermas, Knowledge & Human Interest, Chapter Three: The Idea of the Theory of Knowledge as Social Theory)

"Experience is, for me, the highest authority." "Neither the Bible nor the prophets, neither the revelations of God can take precedence over my own direct experience." (Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy)

"To experience Freud is to partake a second time of the forbidden fruit;" (Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History)

"For the dialectical method the central problem is to change reality.… reality with its 'obedience to laws'." (György Lukács, History & Class Consciousness: What is Orthodox Marxism?)

True science deals with facts and truth, "so called science" with "feelings," i.e., men's opinions and theories, which are subject to his carnal desires ("lusts") of the 'moment.' Most "science" today is only ideology, i.e., ideas (opinions, theories), i.e., "so called science," treating facts and truth, i.e., true science as opinions, rejecting any fact or truth, i.e., science that gets in its way.

"Kuhn admitted problems with the schemata of his socio-psychological theory yet continued to urge its application into the scientific fields of astronomy, physics, chemistry and biology." (Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions)

Philosophy and "so called science," when it is in control of your mind can not allow you to serve God. All they can do is 'justify' the carnal nature of man. God, on the other hand, allows you to chose between serving him or your carnal nature in this life. But then comes judgment—He has the last word.

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24

"Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment." Ecclesiastes 11:9

"Because that, when they knew God [the creation bearing witness of Him, i.e., of His power and greatness, along with man's ability to be in awe (aware) of it, i.e., in awe (aware) of His works and therefore in awe (aware) of Him], they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools," "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;" "Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." Romans 1:21, 22, 28, 32

"And for this cause [because men, as "children of disobedience," 'justify' themselves, i.e., their love of "self" and the world, i.e., their love of the pleasures of the 'moment' over and therefore against the Father's authority] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie [that pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the Father's will]: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth [in the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ], but had pleasure in unrighteousness [in their "self" and the pleasures of the 'moment,' which the world stimulates]." 2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12

"The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil." Psalms 36:1-4

It was the rejection of philosophy and "so called science" that the Protestant Reformation was based, turning to the Word of God, accepting it as "is," instead. It is long forgotten today, with the church now embracing philosophy, psychology, etc., i.e., the opinions of men—via the youth (of all ages, young and old) in "youth groups" dialoguing opinions in order (as in "new" world order) to arrive at a consensus, i.e., a "feeling" of "oneness," "building relationship upon self interest," doing the dialectic process. Doing good does not make a person good. Only God is good and it is only in Him we become good, doing good deeds.

  "If Aristotle had understood the innate sinful condition, he would have called it a disposition, not only an affection. For original sin is a root and inborn evil, [no social condition can negate it]..." "Meanwhile, however, it is not imputed to the godly." (Luther's Works: Vol. 34, Career of the Reformer: IV, p.165)
   "Inborn evil makes acts evil. That is the condition, that is to say, original sin is the root of actual sins. But Aristotle contradicts this, holding that passions are moderate virtues. For philosophers understand sins to be passions. But that radical sin does not cease, nor will ever be destroyed, except through the fire of the conflagration. Meanwhile in this wicked life, God deals with us in such a way that he does not impute our sins to us." (Luther's Works: Vol. 34, Career of the Reformer: IV, p.190)

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8, 9

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2019