Need to Know: Vocation as the Heart of Christian Epistemology

2014.09.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John G. Stackhouse, Jr., Need to Know: Vocation as the Heart of Christian Epistemology, Oxford University Press, 2014, 265pp.,
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2014.09.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John G. Stackhouse, Jr., Need to Know: Vocation as the Heart of Christian Epistemology, Oxford University Press, 2014, 265pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780199790647. Reviewed by Clifford Williams, Wheaton College (IL) Stackhouse describes his book as "general epistemology," by which he means that it covers a wide array of topics in epistemology. It does, indeed. The book begins with a description of the current situation in epistemology, with descriptions of three senses of pluralism and four cognitive styles: the enlightenment mentality, romanticism, a process approach, and the postmodern mentality. It moves to the vocation motif -- what humans were created to do with their lives and, specifically, what Christians are to be doing with their lives. The book's basic idea is captured in the phrase, "vocational epistemology": because God means for us to fulfill our vocations, God will see to it that we know enough. . .

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