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Sources of Human Knowledge

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Lesson

Two sources for knowledge are revelation and reason. Empiricism teaches  that you get knowledge from your senses. Rationalism teaches that you get knowledge from the operation of your mind. Kant said that the mind makes a formal contribution to knowledge by organizing it.  All knowledge begins with experience but it does not all arise out of experience. Reason can only take us so far. Humans are the only species that worship God.

Outline

I.REASON

A. Empiricism

B. Rationalism

C. Immanuel Kant

1. Concepts without percepts are blind

2. Distinction between phenomena and noumena

D. The problem of reason in relation to the things of God

1. Revelation in nature

2. Prevenient Grace

3. Freedom

4. Revelation in scripture

5. Revelation is knowledge

II. SCRIPTURE AS THE WORD OF HUMANITY AND THE WORD OF GOD

A. The Bible was written over a long period of time by a variety of authors

B. The Bible is divine revelation

III. KEY EVENTS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

A. Creation

B. Redemption

IV. CREATION AND REDEMPTION IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

V. IMPORTANCE OF LANGUAGE

A. Significant historical events

B. Distinction between humans and animals

VI. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS