"We do not know in order to love. We love in order to know."
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This book develops covenant epistemology, an innovative, biblically compatible, holistic, embodied, life-shaping epistemological vision in which all knowing takes the shape of the interpersonal, covenantally shaped, relationship. Knowing is less about information and more about transformation; less about comprehension and more about being apprehended. Rather than knowing in order to love, we love in order to know. I want to show that all knowing is like knowing God—a transformative encounter. Covenant epistemology creatively blends insights from Michael Polanyi’s philosophically revolutionary epistemological proposals, the motif of covenant as historically unfolding interpersonal relationship (theologian Michael D. Williams), and an important exploration of “interpersonhood,” (John Macmurray, Martin Buber, and James Loder). Covenant epistemology rings true to the urgent calls for an interpersonally relational epistemology of missiologist Lesslie Newbigin and educator Parker Palmer, as well as to the Christian Scripture. It offers critically needed “epistemological therapy” in response to the pervasive, damaging, hampering, presumptions that people, churches, and institutions in Western culture continue to bring to efforts to know, formal or informal, religious or professional. The book’s innovative approach—an unfolding journey and conversation together—itself subverts standard epistemological presumptions of timeless linearity. While it offers a sustained and sophisticated philosophical argument, Loving to Know’s texts and textures interweave loosely to effect therapeutic epistemic transformation in the reader.
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