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Christian Epistemology – A Bibliography

August 26, 2009

For some time now, epistemology has been an interest of mine.  There are certainly more good books on the subject than this, but these are the ones that have been very helpful to me:

  • Augustine, The Trinity – Specifically in book VIII, Augustine has a spectacular section on the knowledge of the Triune God.
  • John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, The first ten chapters of book 1 are the most helpful (especially chapters 3-5) on the authority of the God’s revelation in the knowledge of him.
  • John Owen, Person of Christ, vol. 1, This is a, seemingly, unlikely place to find a solid explanation of Christian epistemology, but chapters 3-6 are excellent on the nature of reason and revelation.
  • Cornelius Van Til, Christian Apologetics, The best book on the authority of revelation in all Christian disciplines – see also The Defense of the Faith, by Van Til.
  • Cornelius Van Til, Introduction to Systematic Theology, This is really a book on ‘theology proper’ rather than an entire systematic theology.  Van Til’s contribution is applying a Christian epistemology, or method, to systematic theology.
  • John Frame, The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, More up to date than Van Til on interacting with current issues of epistemology and develops more fully some of his arguments.  Frame is more precise and more tempered than Van Til, making him a little more easier to read.  See also The Doctrine of God and Apologetics to the Glory of God.
  • K. Scott Oliphint, Reasons for Faith, One of my favorite books on the topic.  Critically interacts with Plantinga on the sensus divinitatis and other current debates.
  • Oliphint, K. Scott and Lane G. Tipton,ed, Revelation and Reason, Articles on the topic of the relationship of reason and revelation.  My favorite is the one by M. Horton.
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