Theology is literally a ‘word’ (logos) about ‘God’ (Theos). Some scattered bits of experience, mine and others, over the last few weeks have reminded me that various positions, discussions, debates and statements that would be labelled ‘theological’ can be unhelpful. Yes, truth will divide at times, and so it should, but too often theological battles… Continue reading god’s theology
Even given the doctrine of God’s self-disclosure or revelation, and given the Wesleyan Quadrilateral (Scripture, Reason, Tradition and Experience)… You will never, in your lifetime, know everything about God. Or… see the doctrine of ineffability.
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? (Galatians 4:8-9) There is… Continue reading knowing God
My few posts on this blog touching on epistemology are a drop in the ocean of literature on the topic, the majority of which I’ll almost certainly never know about, let alone read. But allow little wee me to suggest that the wisdom of human experience tells us that any proper pursuit of knowledge should… Continue reading answers, questions & tensions
Feuerbach wasn’t entirely wrong. Projection is a real thing. Anthropomorphism is well known: that we can project human characteristics onto animals. When it comes to Feuerbach and God, I think he just throws out the baby (that humans can know anything of God) with the bathwater (humans are prone to projection). For him, projection is a reason… Continue reading knowledge of self – knowledge of the other
With any discipline or line of enquiry, patience is a virtue. We must have patience regarding the amount we will ever be able to know about a given topic. Whether your ‘-ology’ is of ‘bios’, ‘theos’, or ‘cosmos’, it’s essential to remember that there will always be more questions. For some, this is an enquiry-stopper.… Continue reading patience…
Epistemology is the most foundational of topics in philosophy. How trustworthy is human knowledge? Or worded another way: How much ‘faith’ (Greek ‘pistis’ for ‘trust’) can we put in what we think we know? At one end of the spectrum, you have narrow, ‘verificationist’ epistemologies (such as: logical positivism & naive realism) that only trust knowledge… Continue reading a trinity of ‘knowledge-lights’…
A delicious quote: Knowledge involves the encounter of the probing and projecting subject with the object of its investigation, but it is true knowledge, not when the object is conformed to the imaginative activity of the subject, but when the imaginative activity of the subject is conformed to the reality of the object, when our… Continue reading true knowledge
Humans don’t ‘know’ everything – and that is true for even the person with the most inclusive epistemic position.
Whether we are looking through a microscope or a telescope, everything we see points beyond itself… …and that’s just for descriptive modes of analysis.