Saturday, February 21, 2009
Gospel in a Pluralist Society: Knowing and Believing (ch. 3)
Again the dichotomy that culture makes between something that is factual and a personal belief is at issue. But in this chapter Newbigin demonstrates how non-scientific Russell’s definition of scientific method is; how intuitive it is – sometimes like faith. This makes us wonder what knowing is and if we can ever connect with ultimate reality. Newbigin offers that we look through the lenses of our current experiences and culture to “feel” reality. We see through our experiences to reality – or a perception of it – and that perception adjusts as we dialogue with others about their reality and make appropriate adjustments based on what makes more sense.