Meek's Loving to Know: Setting the Stage

This is my second post about Esther Lightcap Meek’s book Loving to Know: Covenant Epistemology. The first post is available here.

I finished the first section of the book, entitled “On the Way,” this morning. Here Meek introduces covenant epistemology by explaining the problematic default epistemic position most all have and by situating her alternative both within human experience more generally and philosophical discourse more specifically. In a nutshell, most knowers know problematically in that they isolate knowledge as information, restricting the action and result of knowing. Through covenant epistemology Meek seeks to rehabilitate us as knowers, both making a fuller account of how we know and prescribing an appropriate path for fully-orbed, “interpersoned” knowing.[1] The next section of the book, entitled “Transformation,” will begin to unpack the idea that knowledge is not information but rather transformation.

The book is a good read so far. Meek’s writing engages well; I can often hear her say what she has written on the page.[2] There is certainly a lot of grist for the mental mill here, but I find that emotionally I’m drawn to her arguments as well. I sense that’s because the potential gains she promises are pretty big. More to come as I continue to work through the text.

  1. “Interpersoned” is a term Meek coins to encapsulate a particular aspect of knowing within covenantal epistemology. As the term implies, interpersoned means that knower and known are personal and in relationship, not separated through a supposed objective vision on the part of the knower. I expect she’ll elucidate further along as the argument proceeds.  ↩

  2. She spoke at DTS chapel for a week this semester. I encourage you to watch her lectures.  ↩