The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God

In keeping with the conviction that theology is the application of God s word to our lives in all situations, Frame combines trenchant analysis with practical insight and counsel for living in the knowledge of God.
The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God In keeping with the conviction that theology is the application of God s word to our lives in all situations Frame combines trenchant analysis with practical insight and counsel for living in the kno

  • Title: The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God
  • Author: John M. Frame
  • ISBN: 9780875522623
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God”

    1. John Frame does an excellent job on this first book in his Systematic Series. The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God deals relatively thoroughly with the paradoxes and conflict that has often risen between reformed theologians. He provides a system that stays incredibly consistent and balanced. He focuses on the relationship between the rational, existential and situational perspectives that goes into every thought. He addresses the Clark vs Van Til controversy briefly and adds his own thoughts ab [...]

    2. Frame's focus in "The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God" is epistemology, as one would expect with that kind of title. Epistemology is the study of knowledge--what knowledge is, how we acquire it, and how much we may acquire. Frame follows John Calvin, and Cornelius Van Til in arguing that we may only know because God knows us, and we know him. This is the source of all knowledge.Through our knowledge of God, we receive the authority of Scripture and it becomes foundational. This is the first of [...]

    3. According to the author this book was completed in December 1984 (382). I finished this book thirty years after it was written on December 2014 and I would say that it is a work that is more relevant than ever. This book is an exploration of a Biblical view of knowledge and specifically the pursuit of the knowledge of God. John Frame does a masterful job showing us how Scripture’s teachings have bearing towards a Christian theory of knowledge. Frame does caution early in the book that this wor [...]

    4. This, the first volume in a four-part Theology of Lordship series, lays the foundation for Frame’s study of God. Frame uses a tri-perspectival approach that sees everything related in three categories: normative, situational, and existential. With this structure in place, Frame is able to explore the interrelatedness of Scripture and its pervasive revelation of God. He also addresses theological models, language, apologetics, and more. A helpful book that, while challenging at times, is worth [...]

    5. The pros:His three perspectives correlating is interesting and does a good job in explaining everyday epistemological situations. He really got me to think about a lot of issues.The cons:It's hard to know when he is coming to a point. More importantly, how does his tri-perspectival approach mesh with the standard Reformed archetypal-ectypal distinction? If we lose that distinction we lose any really solid defense of sola scriptura.

    6. Outstanding. Frame is one of the best Reformed systematic theologians of our day, and this is in many ways his seminal work.

    7. How do we know, that we know? Or better put, how do we begin to have any comprehension of the world that we know? For John Frame, a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, all knowledge, of ourselves, of the world around us and anything beyond, the starting point begins and ends with knowledge of God. As such, revelation, knowledge gained from outside our own perspective, given directly to us, must come, or most of what our attempts at knowledge are mere stabs in the dark.This book is the re [...]

    8. In this book John M. Frame explores our relationship with God as a knowing relationship. John says that we tend to forget how frequently in Scripture God performs His might act so that men will know that He is Lord. The author thus examines our knowledge of ourselves as it connects to our knowledge of ourselves and of the world in which we live. This book shows to us that divinity is the application of God's word to our lives in all situations. Taking this point of view the author adds practical [...]

    9. I would suggest this book to:1. Anyone who struggles with how we can "really know" anything.2. Anyone interested in the place where theology meets philosophy.This is one of the most influential books in my life. John Frame has the single most logical writing-style I have ever read. Oftentimes, other theologians will divide topics up into seemingly random categories, but John Frame divides all topics into the most all-encompassing categories possible. He is not only a theologian, but a philosophe [...]

    10. This is without doubt a foundational work in the world of theology and especially as it pertains to the philosophy of knowledge. John Frame's writing is always written with a pastoral warmth even when it's on such a topic as epistemology. It would be remiss, though, to say that this book is solely on Christian epistemology. It also is very much a book on theological method as well as apologetics.With the heart of a shepherd and all the precision of a theological surgeon, Frame takes the reader t [...]

    11. Frame uses his multiperspectivalism to put forward a series of coherent arguments in apologetics and epistemology. The work is well-written and intelligent, and although the multiperspectivalism was certainly interesting nothing that was found by applying it felt particularly revolutionary. I suppose it was pleasing to see these arguments affirmed by someone firmly embedded in the modern evangelical tradition.I was pleasantly surprised at how willing he was to listen to non-orthodox theological [...]

    12. John Frame is always an interesting writer. This is, essentially, both prolegomena to theology and an attempt to understand epistemology from a Christian perspective. Frame seems to be interested in being careful about how we speak about our knowledge of God. He emphasizes three perspectives on our knowledge of God: the normative (God's Word), the situational (God's world), and the existential (ourselves). Each provides a lens through which we can view truth, but each also entails the other two. [...]

    13. A great introduction to epistemic issues and theological method. While I might be more "Bahnsenian" in my "VanTilianism", this is still a very important book. Frame firmly establishes knowledge is covenantal and that is key! He also establishes that knowledge is trinitarian, personal, ethical and multiperspectival. This book is academically rigorous - but still there are not many books on epistemology are as readily accessible as this volume. Even fewer still are as orthodox and as practical/pas [...]

    14. Read this about 10 years ago. Loved it then, and still do. Frame is a very clear thinker and writer. No taurus-scatology with him. He is also very pastoral. But over the last ten years I have noticed that his perspectivalism is often more of a grid he imposes on the Scriptures, rather than something he naturally gets out of them. This is not always bad, but I'm not so sure it is always beneficial. Besides, perspectivalism by definition employs the metaphor of eye sight too much in my opinion. I [...]

    15. highly recommend. awesome overview of christian epistemology, apologetics, and general exhortation on how to "do theology" in a godly manner. really appreciate frame's clarity of thought, thoroughness, and subtle distinctions. he's good at anticipating potential objections. his thinking seems very grounded in scripture and balanced when dealing with various viewpoints. his concept of "perspectivalism" i find very, very helpful. can't wait to start his "the doctrine of God". my only criticism wou [...]

    16. Probably the most significant work in decades on this topic from an evangelical and Reformed standpoint. Frame stands head and shoulders above the conversation. The only drawback is that at times his purview is rather small. He spends many pages addressing squabbles that concern only a minute fraction of Christianity.

    17. Overall, Frame does an excellent job, in his first volume. I did tend to have some disagreements with his ideas on precision and vagueness, but this typical is Frame. He will stretch your thinking and you will be better for it!Also, your heart will grow bigger, with grace and compassion, from his writings. Frame is controversial, but has a big heart.

    18. (I finally fully finished this after years of skimming, dipping, studying, and re-reading all over the place) All knowledge is ethical; that is, all knowledge is believed/felt/held in service to the divine Lord or in opposition to Him.

    19. First time reading through DKG. Frame's multiperspectivalism is much clearer now that I seen how he lays the groundwork himself. Would have been helpful, I think, to read this before Doctrine of God. Great read!

    20. Outstanding! Arguably the greatest systematic theologian of our generation. He communicates with exceptional clarity. I cannot wait to get into his next book of this 4 part series, "The Doctrine of God."

    21. Though I vehemently disagree with Frame's concept of the worthiness of man and with how the book got bogged down with concepts and definitions at the end, on the whole it was a wonderful apologetic read that will enlighten the reader immensely.

    22. If reformed theology was a violent football game played by prominent Calvinistic theologians, Frame would be the referee. He makes good use of his whistle, and he threw down quite a few yellow flags during play. (Props to Monty Python)

    23. A fine piece of work from a fine theologian. Frame is a good, accessible writer, also. He is on to something with his 'perspectivalism.' This is a very detailed, carefully though-out examination of presuppositional theology and apologetics.

    24. Don't waste your time! It was so bad I couldn't get past the first 100 pages. Terrible writing, and not very convincing arguments.

    25. Without a doubt, a better book than I could understand it to be. Don't know why, but this was way over my head. I couldn't grasp his, um, framework.

    26. One of my top 5 books - there's nothing like it. This is one of those books that I'll probably reread for the rest of my life.

    27. Less impossibly-written than most systematic theologies, but still pretty impossible. Pretty sure it's brilliant, though.

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