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 you to 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 Meek is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Geneva College, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a Visiting Professor of Apologetics at Redeemer Seminary, and a freelance writer and speaker. She was formerly Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Covenant Theological Seminary, in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the author of Longing to Know (2003), in which she elaborates an epistemology based on the multi-perspectivalism and presuppositionalism of John Frame and the tacit knowledge theory of Michael Polanyi.