Dialogue on Covenantal Epistemology with Esther Meek
Esther Meek discusses the importance of epistemological inquiry and specifically the contribution her Covenant Epistemology makes to ordinary Christian knowing. Noting that every person has “default” notions of what can be known, what is good, and what it is to be human–which are shaped by society, she sees herself as doing epistemic therapy; she helps people to identify and alter this “default epistemic setting.” Her work utilizes the epistemology of Michael Polanyi and the triperspectivalism of John Frame. Fundamentally, Meek argues, knowing God is the paradigm for all other knowing, that is to say, knowing is a relationship between the knower and the known. And the paradigmatic theological model is a covenantal relationship.
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).