Category Archives: Knowledge

The Epistemological Liability of Church Division

After the divisions, “any arguments that hoped realistically to avoid the quagmire of theological controversy and fruitfully to transcend confessional boundaries — including discussion about God and his creation — would have to bracket both the content of the contested … Continue reading

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Augustine on embodied knowledge

” Hoc enim nomen disyllabum cum dicitur, mundus, quoniam sonus est, res utique corporalis per corpus innotuit, id est, per aurem: sed etiam quod significat per corpus innotuit, id est, per oculos carnis. Mundus quippe in quantum notus est, videntibus … Continue reading

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Grace and nature

In IIa IIae, 8, 1, Thomas considers whether the human power of intellection should be considered a gift of the Holy Spirit. The intuitive objection is this: “Sed intellectus est quidam habitus naturalis in anima, quo cognoscuntur principia naturaliter nota.” … Continue reading

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Faith and certainty

Thomas makes a reasonable observation about the relative certainty of articles of faith and deductions from reason: Certitudo potest considerari dupliciter. Uno modo, ex causa certitudinis, et sic dicitur esse certius illud quod habet certiorem causam. Et hoc modo fides est … Continue reading

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Hearing and Sight

I’ll quote IIa IIae, 3, 8, 2, and Thomas’s answer to that objection: Praeterea, visio est certior auditu. Sed fides est ex auditu, ut dicitur ad Rom. X, in intellectu autem et scientia et sapientia includitur quaedam intellectualis visio. Ergo … Continue reading

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Person as Story

“Christian faith has a dramatic conception of man. A person is not a thing with attributes; a person is a story. It is for this reason that I suggest that personal identity be understood as the dramatic continuity of a … Continue reading

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Theology Defined

“Theological utterance is narration of the story about Jesus as the story about God” (Jenson, Knowledge, p. 138). This is the key to avoiding the solipsism and circular vacuity of natural theology, what Luther called the “theology of glory.”

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The Predictive Power of “God” as Hypothetical Posit

“Since the one who says something like ‘There is a good God’ does not thereby predict any occurences in the worldother than those expected also by one who says, ‘There is no God,’ or even by one who says, ‘There … Continue reading

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Pascal — Christ the Center

“Jésus­Christ est l’objet de tout, et le centre où tout tend. Qui le connaît connaît la raison de toutes choses…on ne peut connaître Jésus­Christ sans connaître tout ensemble et Dieu et sa misère.” — Pensees, 556.

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Confession as the true form of faith, pt. 2

Jenson, with a brilliant elaboration of the structure I wrote about earlier: “Indeed, speaking is the characteristic act of faith: faith exists exactly in the act of confession. For God meets me in my history is Himself a person. Which … Continue reading

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