Epistemology Vs. Theory Of Knowledge

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Epistemology, technically speaking, covers one third of all philosophical enquiry, and it is the branch most concerned with faith.

Epistemology, or the theory of knowledge, is always asking questions like, how do you know that, how do you know anything, what is knowledge, what signifies knowledge as fact as opposed to an opinion? How to you get to fact from opinion?

I use epistemological questions to level the playing field across all my work. Here are some examples:

In Broad Apologetic Theory

When entering a new classroom I often get the students to describe their worldview. I do this by giving everyone a blank sheet of paper and asking a series of questions that determine what they know, what they think they know, what their priorities are, and what they truly care about deep down.

These questions range from ‘who is the most important person in the world’ to ‘why are you here’ and each question is followed by an epistemological question such as ‘how do you know that,’ ‘why do you think that,’ or ‘how can you be certain that 's true?’

The result of this exercise is a wide variety of worldviews (or dare I say religions) that hinge on a varying degree of faith. Even those who thought that they had an incredibly naturalistic, empirical or scientific approach to life need to admit a large reliance of faith.

In Specific Apologetic Questions

When responding to specific questions about God 's existence such as, ‘how can you believe in a God when evil exists’, or ‘hasn 't…
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