Excerpt from The Atheism of the Heart: And Other Sermons
Psalm XIV: I. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
With the Hebrew, the idea of wisdom included virtue and piety. A man who was not Virtuous and pious was a fool. The Hebrew word here rendered fool means a Simpleton, an imbecile a moral Simpleton, a moral im becile. For the Hebrew had other words for the folly of the idiot and the madman. This title does not relate to a man's mental capacity, but to the moral use he makes of it. And, in this sense, the more a man knows with out knowing God, the greater fool he is. With the He brew, every man was gauged by his estimate of God. And if he said there was no God, .it was the surest test that could be applied to him denying God he betrayed himself to be a fool. It fixed him as a moral Simpleton, an imbecile; not weak as we say, in his upper story, meaning the brain, but weak in the moral foundations of his nature 3 where, if there is weakness, it affects the whole structure.
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