Longing to Know
We don't often think about the act of knowing, but if we do, the question of what we know and how we know it becomes murky indeed. Longing to Know is a book about knowing: knowing how we know things,...
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We don't often think about the act of knowing, but if we do, the question of what we know and how we know it becomes murky indeed. Longing to Know is a book about knowing: knowing how we know things, knowing how we know people, and knowing how we know God.This book is for those who are considering Christianity for the first time, as well as Christians who are struggling with issues related to truth, certainty, and doubt. As such, it is a wonderful resource for evangelists, pastors, and counselors. This unique look at the questions of knowing is both entertaining and approachable. Questions for reflection make it ideal for students of philosophy and all those wrestling with the questions of knowledge.
How can we know God? This entertaining and approachable guide is for all those struggling with issues of truth, certainty, and doubt.
"With directness and a beguiling simplicity, Esther Meek takes the reader into the heart of the postmodern malaise regarding truth and knowledge not to linger there, but to emerge with a delightfully assured sense that knowing God is part of a real and unfolding relationship.This book is a tour de force."--David F. Wells, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary"This is a splendid book about knowing. It is philosophically and theologically profound, but the writing is amazingly clear and enjoyable. Dr. Meek talks about car repairmen, frisbee games, 3-D puzzles, and marriage relationships. Then she integrates these illustrations and other observations into a powerful epistemological model. In her account, knowing is a part of everyday life. Dr. Meek therefore explores our common experience of trying to know and coming to know, of looking through clues in order to notice patterns. Knowing God is like this, she says. Her argument enables us to put doubt into perspective and to gain knowledge with confidence, if not necessarily with certainty."--John Frame, Reformed Theological Seminary"We have long needed an introduction to Polanyi's epistemology that is both accessible and critical, and now Esther Meek has provided us with a splendid guide, not by focusing on Polanyi himself, but by attending to our daily lives. She shows us how our various human relationships and perhaps especially our relationship with God are illuminated by Polanyian perspectives. Clear, engaging, and insightful, Longing to Know will richly repay careful reading."--Stephen R. Spencer, Wheaton College"Those of us with a particular cast of mind wonder--sometimes agonize--about whether it's possible to be certain about the things of faith. Do we really know or are we just wishing-or is it something in between? Esther Meek offers a helpful, closely reasoned, and ultimately encouraging discussion of this ancient and yet very contemporary question."--Daniel Taylor, author of The Myth of Certainty "It is obvious that Professor Meek has lived with and within these ideas for many years. Walking along beside, she offers us a tutorial in a way of knowing at one and the same time biblically rooted and indebted to the vision of Michael Polanyi. While attentive to the nuances of contemporary philosophic debate, her principal aim is to give us eyes to see more truthfully the whole of human life--family relationships and film, literature and life, the possibility of knowing and being known by God. Her students have been graced with her gentle wisdom; now, through Longing to Know, a wider audience will have the gift of learning from this wise woman."--Steven Garber, author of The Fabric of Faithfulness"Esther invites us to question, doubt, and to feel--bodily feel--the presence of truth. Spend a day with her, and you will never see your faith in the same way again."--Dan B. Allender, author of The Wounded Heart "This is a creative and convincing integration of Michael Polanyi's epistemology with a Reformed Christian worldview. The progressive narrative style makes the work accessible to all readers. Although the polemical aspect of the book is secondary, it nonetheless offers an excellent critique of other epistemologies. The work is a worthy apologetic for the Christian faith and will clear away many mistaken impressions about Christianity. Highly recommended!"--James M. Grier, Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary
ESTHER LIGHTCAP MEEK is assistant professor of philosophy at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.