Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Religion: Some Thoughts on Epistemology

“All that I have written seems like straw compared to what has now been revealed to me.” ~ T. Aquinas

That pretty much sums the situation up, does it not? Having received a direct, personal revelation, Aquinas realizes that he didn’t really ever know what he thought he had known; or, to the extent that he had known something, that something was fit only for kindling, or to stuff a mattress.

Those of us who have received no revelation, who have only books, or the words of other men who have only books themselves, can only grope toward the truth, testing ideas one at a time, using our limited intellect, while trying–when we can remember to do so–to stop and listen for that still small voice that may guide our efforts.

To say that our understanding of reality is beyond revision is to claim ownership of something that we do not possess.