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The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God (A Theology of Lordship) Hardcover – August 1, 1987
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"An excellent treatment of evangelical epistemology. . . . The author is manifestly well informed on his subject." --Roger R. Nicole
"Breaks ground in stimulating and profound ways in theological methodology and apologetics, as well as in the central theological issues on the knowledge of God," --Vern S. Poythress
"The breadth of the book is remarkable. . . . a landmark in the ongoing discussion of apologetics and theological method." --William S. Sailer
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John M. Frame (A.B., Princeton University; B.D., Westminster Theological Seminary; M.A. and M.Phil., Yale University; D.D., Belhaven College) is the J. D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and the author of many books, including the four-volume Theology of Lordship series.
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Frame must be commended for at least three things. First, originality. Frame's use of "triads" and his perspectivalism practically forces the reader to see old doctrines in a new light; the research prospects such a position present are innumerable and rich. What is also refreshing is how distinctly Christian -not merely "theistic"- and Reformed Frame's approach is. He takes the dominant epistemological positions, Rationalism, Empiricism, and Subjectivism, shows what they all lack and then shows how a Christian, Reformed epistemology needs aspects of all three of these approaches, modifies them, and makes them harmonious rather than conflicting. Hence, "perspectivalism." Regardless of one's position, secular or religious, Reformed or not, the book is a helpful introduction to the implications of Christianity's truth claims for knowledge.
The second thing Frame must be commended for is his clarity and precision. Not only is the entire book outlined, but Frame is incredibly careful and thorough when he deals with positions and terms, going through all of the various meaning an ambiguous term could embody, for example. Add to this carefulness and precision a clarity too rarely encountered in philosophy and theology. Frame's writing style is so smooth it can make the book feel almost "simple." Yet this clear style merely highlights the the content instead obfuscating it in needless "rhetorical flights," as Frame puts it.
Third, Frame's humility deserves mention. This is partly a combination of the last two points. Besides the carefulness of Frame's scholarship, as noted above, his actual position, perspectivalism, is itself the mark of one who truly understands the need for those with radically divergent interests and gifts. Often scholars, as a result of their narrow specialization, seem unable to appreciate the need for other programs and positions, and reflect this in their critiques, which often reveal a lack of careful reading of and engagement with their opponents. Frame, on the other hand, demonstrate an appreciation for different programs and positions and attempts to show the importance and need for this kind of diversity, all the time never even approaching the relativism that can accompany such an attitude.
The book is to be commended to all those interested in the topic of the knowledge of God.
Nevertheless, I hope it will be able to break out of the bounds of the relatively closed, if not somewhat incestuous dialogue w/in 'reformed circles', and flow into the broader evangelical community. With regard to those voices within the reformed dialogue who have rejected Frame's work as imprecise (demonstrating to me a failure to comprehend Frame, which is difficult to do, as he is very clear -- indeed, such out-of-hand rejection strikes me as a failure to even desire to comprehend), it is, in my opinion, precisely this sort of stale element that retards the continuing (and necessary) reformation of the church, and, of course, the reformed tradition itself. Frame's work in "The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God" should be given serious attention by all who would seek to be more faithful as theologians subject to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, whether professional, student or 'lay'.