Thursday, July 9, 2009

Knowledge, Part II

Moving from the last post, today is a simple framework of definitions and premises.

Knowledge: the body of truths or facts accumulated in the course of time.

However, the Christian experience opens us to the Mind of Christ. Considering the beginning definition from the Christian perspective, knowledge is limited and finite. It is expanding rapidly in this age, but will never approach what is held in the mind of the Lord. Additionally, as Christians, we may divide knowledge into two components:

  • Knowledge as the composite of data with which humans function in the natural world and upon which is constructed in ever-increasing complexity that stuff labeled scholarship or erudition.
  • Carnal knowledge or the realm of understanding which springs from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
My next post or two--I'm not exactly sure where this is headed--will be essays in which three areas of "knowledge" are the key components. These are knowledge, carnal knowledge and the Mind of Christ.


craig v. said...

I look forward to your further thoughts on knowledge. You may want to consider some of the more existential types of knowledge like skills and relationships. The modern world is too prone to reducing knowledge to objective facts and then struggles (or ignores) a statement of Jesus like "I am the way the Truth and the Life" or "this is eternal life that they know you the only true God"

ded said...

Thanks for your continued interaction here in the Wild Wood, craig v.

I thought about skills as a separate subset, but decided those still fit into the portion of "natural" knowledge that is not carnal.