Samuel V. Adams in The Reality of God and Historical Method has a section on “Paul’s Epistemology”. Epistemology is the philosophical attempt to answer the question of how we know what we know. The idea of Paul’s epistemology struck me as very odd. But I did a web search and found some other articles on the topic.
The reason this topic seemed odd to me is that Paul was a community founder and letter writer who didn’t do strict philosophical reflection. Paul certainly thought he knew something–something astoundingly important. But he knew it because God had revealed it to him in at least one appearance of the risen Christ. He also may have counted other visions and ecstatic experiences as revelations. But my understanding of epistemology is that it is about general human knowledge. In other words, it is about how people in general can know things.
Did Paul really…
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