British philosopher Bertrand Russell once said “To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom”. I don’t know much about Mr. Russell but I do surmise one thing from his quotation: Mr. Russell wasn’t much of a student of God’s Word.
The Bible tells us that there is a way that seems right to men, but it leads to death. Scripture also teaches that the wisdom of men is foolishness to God.
No, the beginning of wisdom lies not in conquering our fear. The beginning of wisdom lies in realizing the fear of the Lord.
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.