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Christ the Logos, Font of Greek philosophy

February 16, 2019


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Embedded in nature is Reason. 
The Doric Greeks saw this and labelled it 'Logos'.
Jesus Christ is the Logos, The Wisdom of God.
Satanism, as practised by the Cabalist bankers, does
nothing less than attempt to overturn Reality.
That is the real meaning of "revolution."  








Revised & Updated from Oct. 9 2011
by W. Lindsay Wheeler
(henrymakow.com) 


St. John the Apostle begins his Gospel with this telling sentence:

"In the beginning was the Word (o logos), and the Word (o logos) was with God, and the Word (o logos) was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made."

Jesus Christ is the Logos. The last line is important. All of creation was made through Jesus Christ. What does Genesis say? That God S-P-O-K-E all of creation into being! At that time, the word 'Logos' was a Greek philosophical term. The philo dorian Greek philosopher Heraclitus from the 5th century B.C. writes:

"Although this Logos is eternally valid, yet men are unable to understand it...all things come to pass in accordance with this Logos." (Wheelwright, 69)

"Wisdom is one--to know the intelligence by which all things are steered through all things." (Wheelwright, 79)


Many people believe that the Old Testament is the first revelation. That is erroneous. There were three revelations; the first Revelation of God is Nature herself. Then came the Old Testament, and then, the New Testament. See, many Christians don't realize this---Nature is a revelation of God. There are two scriptures; Nature is a type of Scripture.

Jesus said, "Man does not live by bread alone but by EVERY word that proceeds out of the mouth of God". Creation was spoken into being as well. Creation was made, as St. John points out, THRU Jesus Christ! We cannot ignore the teachings of Nature. St. Paul, as a Hellenized Jew, repeats this teaching of St. John in his letter to the Colossians:

(1.16)"...for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities, ALL things were created through him and for him."


Jesus Christ, the Logos, IS inherent in Nature! Nature was created through Him! The order, the principles are seen in nature is the product of Christ the Logos. Nature is the first revelation. One cannot reject the teachings of the Natural Order. Jesus Christ is the Logos, The Wisdom of God. Furthermore, Christ is of dual nature. Christ is Fully God and Fully Man. As Christ is of dual nature, His Logos is of two things.  In the Septuagint, the Ten Commandments in the Greek are labelled "tous deka logous". (LXX, Ex. 34.28) Jesus Christ is not only the walkin' talkin' Ten Commandments but also the "walkin', talkin' Old Testament". Jesus Christ is also the principles and laws found in nature, the Logos:

"How great are thy works, O Lord! in wisdom (Sophia) hast thou wrought them all;..."  (LXX, Psalm 103.24)

The Universe or Cosmos was created through Wisdom. This Wisdom is what built the Cosmos. Embedded in nature is reason. The Doric Greeks saw this and labelled it 'Logos'.

At the end of the Phaedrus, Socrates says that "...the epithet [of wise] is proper only to a god". (278d) Socrates continues that a man who pursues this wisdom "would be a "lover of wisdom", a philo-sophier.

In the Timaeus, Plato teaches that the "nature of the universe...from this source we have derived philosophy". (§47 a-b) The Natural Law is the basis and foundation of Doric philosophy. Plato writes, "...that we, learning them and partaking of the natural truth of reason [ed. note: the natural law], might imitate the absolutely unerring courses of God and regulate our own vagaries." (ibid c) The "unerring courses of God" are in nature!

Cicero was trained in Athens in Greek philosophy. This Roman student then captures the mentality of Doric philosophy when he says, "a man was born to contemplate the cosmos and imitate it". Imitation is central to this "philo-sophia". It is what "according to nature" means, imitating the cosmos. (Bertenneau quoting Jonas)

The Roman Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain in his intro writes:

"...observing that wisdom belongs in the strict sense to God alone, and for that reason not wishing to be called a wise man, but simply a friend or lover of wisdom. ...philosophy is nothing other than wisdom itself so far as it is accessible to human nature."

Doric Philosophy, that to which Socrates and Plato and Pythagoras were practising,  is discovering the Logos of the Natural Order (the Logos is the Natural Law or Laws of Nature) and being obedient to it.

What is philosophy?

It literally means the love of wisdom; wisdom being "the knowledge of human and Divine things and their causes" while living a life of rectitude. (LXX, IV Mcc. 1.15-16) It is not wise in itself--but seeks after and discovers that wisdom that God used to create reality, the cosmos.  That 'Wisdom' that the Psalmist speaks about is what true philosophy deals with. This is why Plato and Socrates were adamant about the Law. The Law expresses the will of the Logos. Man has a partiality of this logos or man's logos/reason is deformed. Man is in a sense "saved" when he attaches his mind to that of the Divine Logos. (Wheeler, 2011) As Jesus Christ said, "Man does NOT live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God". The Laws of Nature or Natural Law proceeded out of the mouth of God. This is what philosophy concerns itself with. Philosophy, Doric philosophy deals in only in the Natural Law. Man can NOT live without or deny the Laws of Nature which is one-half of the Logos.

The home of Greek philosophy is the Doric Greeks who lived on the island of Crete and in Laconia, i.e. the Spartans. It is they who were the source for both Socrates and Plato. (Wheeler, 2007) Then, Prof. Jerry Dell Ehrlich, in his book Plato's Gift to Christianity: The Gentile Preparation for and the Making of the Christian Faith, explicates how Plato and his philosophy formed Hellenistic culture which in turn influenced greatly the formation of the Christian faith. And from the Middle Ages, Roman Catholic intellectuals voiced the common sentiment that Greek philosophy is the handmaiden of theology. (Kreeft)

"For God loveth none but him that dwelleth with wisdom" (LXX, Wisdom, 7.28)



Bibliography:

List of the Real, Original Natural Law, please see: https://www.academia.edu/37426878/The_List_of_the_Real_Original_Natural_Law_or_Laws_of_Nature

Bertonneau, Thomas F. (2010) "Gnosticism from a Non-Voegelinian Perspective, Part III (Gnosticism in Modern Scholarship)", The Brussels Journal, 2010-06-15. http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/4461 Retrieved: 6/24/2010.

Kreeft, Peter (2004) "Philosophy: Handmaiden of Theology" http://www.peterkreeft.com/audio/34_philosophy-handmaiden.htm

Maritain, Jacques [1930](1991) Introduction to Philosophy

Wheeler (2007) "Doric Crete and Sparta the home of Greek philosophy" https://www.academia.edu/1619268/

Wheeler (2011) "Macrocosm/Microcosm in Doric Thought" https://www.academia.edu/1619468/

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Lindsay Wheeler is
an autodidact. Eagle Scout, Former US Marine. Devoted Christian. Mostly did farm work and manual labor most of my life. I'm Cretan. My natural dad took me on a tour of Crete and the tour guide at Knossos said, Cretans are Dorians. That attuned his perception of what to look for and he paid attention to that when reading classical literature.

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First Comment from RS

An excellent article by W. Lindsay Wheeler. As someone who has a graduate degree in philosophy and belongs to an orthodox (non-dispensational) Christian church (and teaches a Bible study class for men there), I found the article to be one that I could wholeheartedly endorse. If anyone wants to read further along these lines, I recommend C.S. Lewis's short and little-known work, The Abolition of Man, where he refers to the natural order (moral and spiritual as well as physical), which underlies all traditional religions, as the Tao. He does this to emphasize the universality of the Logos and its revelation, without falling into the error of regarding all traditional religions as equal. They all embody the truth of the Tao and deserve respect, but only the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ brings this revelation to its full actualization. So Lewis avoids both the parochialism of much of evangelical Christianity and the desertion of the Gospel by "mainline" denominations that teach what he calls "pseudo-Christian slush."




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Comments for "Christ the Logos, Font of Greek philosophy"

Essel said (February 17, 2019):

This text, apt to excite the superficial minds, is ambiguous on several important points and would not be denied by the followers of the pantheistic Gnosis like V. Soloviev. It is God who created nature (without capital). "Nature" refers to the set of contingent beings (or "creatures" or being "ab alio" = that exist by another), and there is an unbreakable distinction between the One Necessary, the Creator God, the Being. "a se" (= that exists by oneself), which makes that there is no possible identification between nature and God. But Gnosis, which is the hidden doctrine of Freemasonry (hence one of the meanings of their famous G), issued from the Cabal, denies it in order to deify man, old dream (absurd) of humanity.
Gnosis is an attempt to conquer a science prior to the distinction between good and evil, a source and master science of this distinction, a science that frees itself from the order created by God.
A science which answers (pretends to answer) to the fundamental questions of men, but a science without submission to the created order, a science without conversion, a science which divinizes, old pride of the revolt of the terrestrial paradise. Gnosis is the desire to find a basic science that raises above the common condition while dispensing from the conversion of the heart: a science that flatters the appetite for divinity and houses the perversion of the heart.


Here is a clear example of ambiguity : "And from the Middle Ages, Roman Catholic intellectuals voiced the common sentiment that Greek philosophy is the handmaiden of theology. (Kreeft)"

Greek philosophy is absolutely not monolithic and although all Greek philosophers were pantheistic, the "divine" Plato, one of the fathers of political communism and rightly claimed by Freemasonry, can not be put in the same basket as Aristotle, with whom St. Thomas Aquinas drew heavily.


Peter said (February 16, 2019):

Or alternatively (in regards the last paragraph there) the ancient Greeks, far from paving the way for a Judaic belief system, and later on a Judaised power system, were sitting ducks for the kind of subversion that the crypto-Jews (working for their tribe for their cause, ie power and money through exploitation) cooked up (thanks Paul/Saul) and thereby white-anted them and the Romans and everyone else later (and I include the Chinese too at this stage). miscegenating the race (whites), and maintaining their own. Whether Christianity backfired a bit on them (like Stalin, Hitler, Luther) I know not, but all the blowbacks have only at best stalled the progress of the quest for the holy new world order, but mostly facilitated(sic) it ( ie power and control).


HH said (October 11, 2011):

An other example on how the meaning of words has been changed. Philosophy once was the "Love of wisdom" - and the Bible says wisdom is the fear of God. Now Philosophy has the meaning of explaining, interpreting and rationalizing the world, as if it was a matter of opinion rather than a matter of fact.

As for Greece, religious Jews always had a special hate for her, maybe because the New Testament is written in Greek?

Is it coincidental, that Greece seems to be the first financial domino, that is being tipped over in Europe now, even though other states (or should i say EU-provinces) are much higher in debt than Greece?

If people seek wisdom anywhere else than in the Bible, they will inevitable fall in the hands of modern-day philosophers!


Tracy said (October 10, 2011):

The article " Christ, Reason and Greek Philosophy " by W. Lindsey Wheeler was fantastic. The loveliest thing I've read in a long, long time. So well done and concise. My thanks for
that insightful article. And yes, that's EXACTLY what the Illuminists hate and want to destroy.


Dan said (October 9, 2011):

Obviously Greek philosophy had a major influence on Christian theologians. Paul was a Hellenized Jew, and Luke was a Greek scholar. It's important however to forget about what they thought when reading Jesus' own words. His teachings weren't a philosophy. He didn't try to explain God.

Jesus quoted passages of the Torah to answer trick questions often put to him by adversaries.. "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God" is Deuteronomy 8:3.

The Sadducee of the Temple held that the words Torah are to be taken at face value and Moses didn't hold anything 'up his sleeve' for a special class of initiate rabbis. The Pharisees purported to be those rabbis, saying they knew a secret Torah they said was passed on by Moses to a chosen few.

Jesus was neither Sadducee or Pharisee. He emphasized that God reveals His kingdom to children, and even repentant sinners before men blinded by pride or cunning.

He did use direct examples in plain sight to make the point that faith in God is enough, as in Matthew , and Luke 12:27–32

"Consider the lilies of the field: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

....For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you."

Jesus saw the truth in situations and people directly, though he was in no sense a Gnostic.


Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at