Philosophy or Philotheism ?

Descartes asserted, Cogito ergo sum – “I think therefore I am”. This has been described as “the launchpad of modern epistemology”.# That highlights the problem of western intellectuals today. Descartes statement is not just human oriented, it is self centred. I think; my thoughts; my existence; my perception. There is no recognition within Descartes ‘Cogito’ of an objective Authority beyond self; there is no notion here of society and relationship with others. All is according to human centred thinking – its ideas and processes. It is egocentric and unrealistic. Western Society today reflects this obsession.

In fact, the words of Descartes ‘Cogito’ represent an anthropocentric appropriation  of the God declared Name, “I AM”. While himself not rejecting the idea that God must exist, Descartes in fact subconsciously reflects the real, underlying attitude of the human ‘heart’ in rebellion against God,  demanding for itself instead the status of god.

The author of & asserts the anti-dote to the intellectual error dominating the mindset of contemporary culture:

Deus ergo sumus – GOD is, therefore we are !

Philosophy is anthropocentric, not theocentric. Philotheos is the term I use for theocentric philosophy: that is a philosophy which

  1. accepts the premise “I AM” – ie that God exists
  2. accepts the definition “I AM” as both self evident and revealed
  3. defines and extrapolates the nature and impact of God from the essential definition, “I AM ” and therefore answers the ultimate query, “Why ?”

By accepting the fundamental concept of God [philotheos] and thinking according to the terms of reference which necessarily arise i.e. philotheism [the paradigm of philotheos] we can find the answers which escape the human centred thinking of modern philosophy. 

This website explains Philotheos and Philotheism on pages dedicated to “I AM” and “Philotheism” respectively. The pamphlets Page publishes various philotheistic polemics assessing the historical, cultural, philosophical situation resulting from the triumph of Materialism.

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Graham R. Catlin 

# reference to page 509 of the 1997 Pimlico edition of “Europe A History” by Norman Davies copyright 1996 when the book was first published by Oxford University Press