A Snippet of Plato’s View of God


One of the most well-respected and wise founding father’s of philosophy has this to say about man’s relationship to God:

“…it is really the God who is wise, and by his oracle he means to say that, ‘Human nature is a thing of little worth, or none.’”

Why would a man committed to finding and teaching the world wisdom make this comment in Plato’s Apology, Refutation of the Old Accusers (19a-24b).  I believe that he recognized the foundational truth of all humanity, that in the end we know nothing apart from God, it is He who is wise and gives us wisdom.  In the Bible it says, “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom…but let him who boasts boast in this, that he knows and understands me.” (Jeremiah 9:23)  Sounds like Plato had at least the beginnings of understanding wisdom that is rooted in humility.


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