If I learned anything from Saturday morning cartoons as a child, it most certainly came from the mouths of Duke, Flint, and the rest of the soldiers of G.I. Joe. The repeated mantra “knowing is half the battle” ingrained itself in my psyche and has proven to be a sage piece of advice in life and academic settings. Indeed, Scripture reinforces the belief that knowing and increasing in knowledge can be beneficial in exercising wisdom and justice (c.f., Prov. 16:22, 18:15). Scripture is even clearer that a proper knowledge of God is necessary to be in relationship with Him and to grow in holiness and righteousness (c.f., Prov. 1:7, Col. 1:9, 2 Pet. 1:3-7).
And yet we live in a culture that is abandoning the core assumptions that can lead to a secure knowledge that leads to faith in God. Relativism replaces moral certainty. Epistemological justifications are declared invalid. Truth is deemed unknowable. How then are we to respond to a culture that not only believes that truth is relative but also, ultimately, unknowable? The Christian thinker is well suited to answer this question because it is in the nature of God that we can find the foundations necessary to know truth and know that we know the truth. What then are these foundational beliefs and how do we utilize them to discern truth? Those are the questions that we will be answering as we delve into the foundational precepts of a biblical epistemology.