On reflection

Knowledge, suspicion and faith 

"Earlier this year, I went to Professor Anthony Thiselton’s funeral. From 1978, he taught me about hermeneutics, philosophy and biblical study, and I was so fortunate to know a man of such genius in these disciplines, and also of generous teaching impulses. He seemed to enjoy the company and conversation of an ex-student like me, and wrote several times for REtoday to share his vision and insights with yourselves, readers all.
I learned from him all those decades ago that interpretation and claims to knowledge are always intertwined, and this enabled me to see a straight line, philosophically, from Cartesian doubt to the postmodern hermeneutics of suspicion. I think I am a rather natural embracer of uncertainty and a sceptic as well, so when it came to the naming of our school subject, I was glad that my RK (religious knowledge) lessons were renamed by the time I was 12 as RE (religious education). I have been playing around with the nature of knowledge"

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