As a Christian, I have become convinced that all truth is revealed by God alone. Rationalism and empircism are opposed to the Christian faith, therefore, in their implicit assumption that knowledge is either (a.)constructed primarily by inductive and abuctive reasoning (in the case of empiricism), or (b.)deduced from innate knowledge placed in man’s mind by Nature (in the case of rationalism). To have knowledge is to possess true propositions about what is, and what is cannot be known via inductive or abductive reasoning, for these forms of reasoning cannot lead to fixed conclusions about what is. Moreover, deductive reasoning cannot be the sole source of knowledge, for this would lead to an infinite regress as well.
In the following posts, I attempt to demonstrate from the Scriptures that the Bible teaches knowledge is revealed by God to man in two ways. Firstly, God reveals knowledge immediately, as is the case in general revelation and special revelation. Secondly, God reveals knowledge mediately, through the means of deductive reasoning from immediately received true propositions or prior mediately apprehended true propositions. Moreover, we do not learn from experience but with our experience. Finite, mutable, spatiotemporally bound in a physical world, our acquisition of knowledge is correlative to our physical experiences. However, this does not imply that our physical experiences are the means whereby we acquire knowledge.
Some Notes on Scriptural Epistemology
- Who Told Adam He Was Naked?
- Where Does this Leave Us?
- God is the Teacher.
- Knowledge and Remembrance: Scriptural Anamnesis
- Immediate Knowledge
- Non-Propositional Knowing?
- Semiotics & Semiosis
- Body Language: Natural and Extra-Natural Signification