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The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God

The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God

John M. Frame

| P&R | 1987

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This first volume in the Theology of Lordship series addresses the implications for life and thought of the fact that God is Lord and we are his servants by creation and redemption. Accordingly, Frame develops an epistemology based on the idea of servant-thinking—the way a servant is to think in the presence of his Lord.

In the course of his inquiry, Frame focuses on the nature of theology (“the application of God’s word by persons to all areas of life”) and various aspects of theological method. The book also is an introduction to apologetics, for it attempts to show what it is to know God and how people can come to know him as a friend, rather than an enemy.

Like other books in the Lordship series, this volume analyses God’s lordship by means of threefold distinctions that derive ultimately from the doctrine of the Trinity. Lordship is God’s control, authority, and presence, and that triad provides three “perspectives” essential to human knowledge.

“May prove to be one of the most useful all-purpose, ‘nuts and bolts’ theology books written in this generation.… its analytical clarity and style … is complimented by a remarkably warm, non-technical, down-to-earth, ‘shirt-sleeve’ approach.”
Philip Blosser, professor, Lenoir-Rhyne College

Author Bio

John M. Frame (b. 1939) is an American philosopher and a Calvinist theologian especially noted for his work in epistemology, presuppositional apologetics, systematic theology, and ethics. He is one of the foremost interpreters and critics of the thought of Cornelius Van Til. Dr. Frame formerly taught at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, and Westminster Theological Seminary.