Spiritual Life and Leadership

46. Inviting the Real, with Esther Lightcap Meek, author of A Little Manual for Knowing

August 05, 2019
Spiritual Life and Leadership
46. Inviting the Real, with Esther Lightcap Meek, author of A Little Manual for Knowing
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Spiritual Life and Leadership
46. Inviting the Real, with Esther Lightcap Meek, author of A Little Manual for Knowing
Aug 05, 2019
Markus Watson
Esther Lightcap Meek explains what she calls "covenent epistemology" and explains what it means to "invite the real."
Show Notes

In her book,  A Little Manual for Knowing, Esther Lightcap Meek says that in order to truly know something, we must welcome “the yet-to-be-known with respect, humility, patience, and attentiveness.”

In this episode, Esther Lightcap Meek unpacks what she calls “covenant epistemology,” an approach to knowing that acknowledges the relationship between the knower and the known.  It’s an approach that I believe can help us better life into the way God is calling us–actually calling us–to bring healing to the world.


THIS EPISODE’S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Esther Lightcap Meek is the author of A Little Manual for Knowing and Professor of Philosophy at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
  • Esther grew up “a good little Christian girl.” In eighth grade, she began to question her faith, including, “How do I know there is a world outside my mind?”
  • Esther read The God Who is There by Francis Schaeffer when she was in high school. It was then that her questions were not sin, they were philosophical.
  • The dominant paradigm for thinking about knowledge is that knowledge is information to be acquired.
  • Subsidiary Focal Integration is a way of describing the fact that knowing relies on a multitude of “subsidiary” knowings. In riding a bicycle, we focus on where we are going. Subsidiary to that focus is the knowledge of balance, pedaling, braking, steering, and so forth. When we know something we are integrating into our focus all the subsidiary patterns that make up that knowledge.
  • When we memorize scripture, it’s not so that we can merely have scripture memorized. It is so that we can indwell scripture subsidiarily.

 

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