STUMBLING IN THE DARKNESS; The Failure of Natural Philosopy

Eighteenth Century Philosopher David Hume was one of the great thinkers in the period of history known as the enlightenment.   His ideas, however, were atheistic, with his denial of God and the miraculous.  Towards the end of his life, however, he showed how his ideas were flawed in that they could not bring the individual to peace:

“I am affrighted and confounded with that forlorn attitude in which I am placed by my philosophy”

I came across the following anecdote from CH Spurgeon which  illustrates the abject failure of natural philosophy in the life of famous David Hume:

“I recollect a story of Mr. Hume, who so constantly affirmed that the
light of reason is abundantly sufficient. Being at a good minister’s house
one evening, he had been discussing the question, and declaring his firm
belief in the sufficiency of the light of nature. On leaving, the minister
offered to hold him a candle, to light him down the steps. He said, “No, the
light of nature would be enough, the moon would do.” It so happened that
the moon was covered with a cloud, and he fell down the steps. “Ah,” said
the minister, “you had better have had a little light from above after all, Mr.Hume.”

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.                   (1st Corinthians 1:21)

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