Knowing, Knowing, Knowing God: Contours of Covenant Epistemology
Most people have never had a philosophy course; that doesn’t keep them from practicing philosophy. We all inherit “default settings,” unexamined presumptions about what knowing is, which are proving unhealthy and unbiblical. They infect every dimension of human life, including knowing God. “Epistemological therapy” thus holds the prospect of favorably impacting everything from business to Christian discipleship, athletics to scientific research. This lecture introduces Meek’s “covenant epistemology,” centrally the proposal that we take, as our paradigm of all human knowing, the transformative, interpersonal, covenantally-featured relationship. Dr. Meek’s lecture explores its key features and the ways it accords with the Christian Scripture, commending its value for reshaping the way we engage the world, and restoring us to ourselves.
Esther Lightcap Meek is a Professor of Philosophy at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. She is also Visiting Professor of Apologetics at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas Texas and formerly Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. She has written three books on Covenant Epistemology, Longing to Know (2003), Loving to Know (2011), and A Little Manual for Knowing (2014).