2/25/2006 Updated 9/17/06
“Hegelian Dialectic” is the process by which history is said to move
onward and upward to perfection, the
“Realization of Spirit”, according to the German philosopher,
G.W.F Hegel (1770-1831).
is a pagan concept, similar to Karma, in
which an impersonal force controls history. The Hegelian Dialectic
represents the worldly thinking of the philosopher and of many rulers in
history. This concept is contrary to what the Bible teaches in that God is
working His purposes in the unfolding of world history and, in spite of
the evil intentions of men and demons, He is in ultimate control. Rather
than moving up to perfection, the Bible teaches that the world system is
developing towards ever increasing apostasy and rebellion against God,
trying to build its heaven on earth in a Tower of Babel-like vision.
Perfection only comes when the Lord Jesus Christ personally returns to
establish His Kingdom, which unfolds into Eternity.
The process of the Hegelian Dialectic, according to Hegel, is thesis – antithesis – synthesis, thesis – antithesis – synthesis, thesis – antithesis – synthesis, etc. To explain: say that there is an idea, call it a thesis. This thesis provokes its opposite, an opposing idea, called the anti-thesis or antithesis. Between these two opposites will develop conflict and out of the conflict will develop a synthesis. This synthesis will be some combination of the two opposite ideas. This synthesis becomes the new thesis which generates the antithesis, causing conflict and a new synthesis, and so on.
Hegelian philosophy was the basis for Marxism, Nazism, Fascism, and Western Progressive philosophy and social engineering.