“…It Is Not God You Comprehend” (Augustine/Bavinck)

When the Bible talks about knowing God it does not mean a person can or will know God exhaustively, comprehensively, or fully (e.g. Is. 40:13ff, 1 Cor. 2:16, etc.). But it does mean there is such a thing as true and saving knowledge of God (e.g. 1 John 2:13). As various theologians have rightly said,… Continue reading “…It Is Not God You Comprehend” (Augustine/Bavinck)

Explaining Our Knowledge of God (Letham)

  Here's a helpful section of Robert Letham's new Systematic Theology.  It has to do with the nature of our knowledge of and language about God. Our knowledge of God is not univocal, identical to his in manner or content.  If it were, it would yield a precise identity between God's knowledge and ours.  His knowledge… Continue reading Explaining Our Knowledge of God (Letham)

Our (Ectypal/Analogical) Knowledge of God (Bavinck)

Bavinck, vol. 2 We can know the true and living God in a personal way. We can know the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as Lord, Father, Redeemer, and Rock. But we can't know him in an exhaustive way. We can't know him in his inner being or as he is in himself. We… Continue reading Our (Ectypal/Analogical) Knowledge of God (Bavinck)

A Pious Confession of Ignorance

 In the opening section of his discussion of theology proper, Herman Bavinck does a nice job utilizing Augustine and Hilary to explain the biblical teaching that a person can know God truly but not exhastively.   In other words, a person can apprehend God by faith in Jesus, but no one can comprehened him.  The first part of this longer quote… Continue reading A Pious Confession of Ignorance

Bavinck on Our Knowledge of the Triune God

Here's a summary of Bavinck on human knowledge of God.  It can be found in his Reformed Dogmatics, volume II, page 110.  As you read this, also remember Bavinck's constant chorus of the Creator/creature distinction.  The following sounds pretty much like Turretin on the same topic.  Don't let anyone tell you that Bavinck wasn't working… Continue reading Bavinck on Our Knowledge of the Triune God