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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
About the Author
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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This book is the result of years of teaching, and in fact, the book itself, written about twenty years ago, came about from a class on the Christian Mind. This is a deep and complex book. Many have said, including its author (!), that a great many of its readers will find use of it as primarily a reference book. But there are great truths to think and dwell upon, and yes, wrestle with, if the reader digs deeper.
A key concept expounded in this book is the concept of three perspectives - the rational, the situational and the experiential; with the idea that all forms of knowledge, that is that knowledge of the world, ourselves and God relates in an inter related triangle that are identical and interdependent. In other words they all rely on each other. In other words, while different, all ways that we know, rely on each other. It would be strange to many Christians to think that it is not first the Bible, or revealed revelation that rules knowledge. But Frame, really arguing from a very traditional Reformed stance, says that what you bring to understanding the Scriptures, your reason, your world that you live in and your personal contact with God that determines the way that Scripture rules in the lives of believers. Because Frame writes of a sovereign God, who reveals himself through people, and through nature, that man is in God's image and that nature declares God, that he cites a three way understanding for how we know, beginning with how God reveals himself to us.
Due to the first way of knowledge, God revealing himself to man, Frame cites the uses and abilities of tools of knowing: logic, language, history, science and philosophy, in service to a ruling and revealing God. He strongly believes that every man is a theologian and as a result wrestles with these questions every day, in every part of his life. Again, this is a deep book, but in many ways, it is just an introductory book for dealing with the idea of how do we know what we know, beginning with how God has revealed and continues to reveal himself to man.
If the reader is looking for a long term read dealing with aspects of God's rule over every area of his life, including the religious portion, this would be a fine place to start.
All that to say, this book is a book that will deeply enrich your spiritual life, as well as your intellectual life, but to divide the two into separate parts is not accurate. More accurately, look at the intellectual life as being a perspective on the spiritual life ;]. I do not consider myself Reformed (maybe more reformed after reading it) and I was deeply moved by this book and would be saddened to see this book missed by other Christians simply because it was written by a reformed author. So I hope this will encourage all Chrisitans, regardless of the denominational/non-denominational ties, to pick up this book and increase in the knowledge of God.
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