God and revelation 2

At an epistemological level it is not easy to separate these two doctrines. As Calvin would say: ‘The knowledge of God and of ourselves are inextricably linked’ and then he goes and says that we don’t really know which one came first. But then he says that although that is the case he is going to start from ‘above’ rather than from below. I tend to agree with this method because it is logical absurdity to try to understand God from the finite side of things. Even in mathematics an infinite can contain the finite but never the other way around. In religious traditions this spills into the very fabric of worship. The infinite deity must always reveal himself first to the worshipper. Thus, in Hinduism, it is interesting that a deity has to be invited into a Murti. Also, the Unknowable cannot be known directly but always mediated through the Trimurti and the plethora of the gods. But the important point is that there can be communication between the infinite and the finite, but this knowledge has always to be mediated through something. Islam and Christianity also cannot escape this element of mediation. For example, the Christian knows about Jesus through the Bible and the church. And Muslims know Allah through the ummah and the teachings of the Koran. Even general knowledge of God is mediated through the creation! But then again, a case can be made for all knowledge being mediated.

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