Spurgeon, "My Own Personal Holdfast" #2069
The history of philosophy is the history
of fools! All the sets of philosophers that
have lived have been more successful in
contradicting those who came before them,
than in anything else.
Within a few years the evolutionists will
be cut in pieces by some new dreamers.
The reigning philosophers of the present
period have in them so much of the spirit
of insaneness that they will be a perpetual
subject of contempt.
And I venture to prophesy that before my
head shall lie in the grave, there will hardly
be a notable man left who will not have
washed his hands of the present theory.
That which is taught today for a certainty by
'our sages' will soon have been so disproved
as to be trod down as the mire in the streets.
The Lord's truth lives and reigns, but
man's inventions are but for an hour.
I am no prophet, nor the son of a prophet.
But as I have lived to see marvelous changes
in the dogmas of philosophy, and I expect to
see still more. See how they have shifted.
According to modern thinkers, what is true on
Monday may be false on Tuesday. And what is
certain on Wednesday may be our duty to doubt
on a Thursday and so on, world without end.
Every change of the moon sees a change in the
teaching of the new philosophy. A good stout
hypothesis in the old times served a man for a
hobbyhorse for twenty years. But nowadays
their sorry jades hardly last twenty months.
The smallest promise of God is worth more than
all that ever has been taught, or ever shall be
taught, by skeptical philosophers! Let God be
true but every man a liar. God is true and on
His Word we build our confidence.
The commandments of the Lord are right,
bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
giving insight to life...
The laws of the Lord are true;
each one is altogether righteous.
They are more desirable than gold,
even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
even honey dripping from the comb.