Archives For Epistemology


“The Body of Christ,
Recognized by the Diversity of its Parts”

A Review of
Manifold Witness:
The Plurality of Truth.

by John R. Franke.

Reviewed by Brent Aldrich.

Manifold Witness:
The Plurality of Truth.

by John R. Franke.
Paperback: Abingdon, 2010.
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“… One can defend objective truth or relativism only by assuming that it is possible for human beings to take up a ‘view from nowhere;’ since I don’t believe in ‘views from nowhere,’ I don’t believe in objective truth or relativism … Too often appeals to the objective truth of the gospel have served as a means for the church to evade its responsibility to live faithfully before the world. In short, Christians insisted that the gospel was objectively true regardless of how we lived. The paradigm I am advocating frankly admits that all truth claims require for their widespread acceptance the testimony of trusted and thereby authorized witnesses.”

-Phil Kenneson

John Franke - MANIFOLD WITNESSSuch is the gist of Kenneson’s essay “There’s No Such Thing As Objective Truth, And It’s A Good Thing, Too,” which presents in a few short pages an ecclesiological apologetic, asking that the church “live in such a way that our lives are incomprehensible apart from this God.” Locating the church as the embodied, gathered body of Christ – seriously, and in all its fullness – places a responsibility on the church to order its life together as an expression of the politics and economy of God. This economy is lived and placed, in time and space; it is particularizing, and it is communal by nature; in these relations, the Kingdom of God is made known.

It is within this contextual – and lived – understanding of the church (especially thinking through the ramifications of abandoning objective truth) that reading John Franke’s new book Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth has been especially exciting.

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“Our Food and
Our Idolatry of Science”

A Review of
Beyond Biotechnology:
The Barren Promise of
Genetic Engineering
by Craig Holdredge and Steve Talbott.

By Chris Smith.

Beyond Biotechnology.
Craig Holdrege and Steve Talbott.
Hardcover.  University Press of Kentucky. 2008.
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BEYOND BIOTECHAt Englewood Christian Church, we talk a lot about community, land and food in light of our Christian faith.  We have appreciated a number of books in the University Press of Kentucky’s heralded “Culture of the Land” series that contains titles related to the new agrarianism.  Thus, it was with great anticipation that I picked up this book, one of the most recent titles in this series.  My anticipation was heightened further when, in her book Distracted, Maggie Jackson referred to Steve Talbott as a social critic of a similar caliber to Jacques Ellul or Neil Postman.  A little more online research into the Nature Institute, for whom both authors work, served to pique my interest in Holdredge’s work and make me even more excited to read this book.  Suffice it to say that this book not only met my high expectations, but also – in its launching out into some unexpected directions – offered much more than I had anticipated.

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Used Book Finds [Vol. 1, #37]

September 27, 2008


The bread-n-butter of our bookstore business is the sale of used books, and we do a fair amount of scouting around for used books each week. In this section we feature some of the interesting books that we have found in the past week. Generally, we will only have a single copy of these books, so if you want one (or more) of them, you’ll need to respond quickly.


To Know as We are Known:
A Spirituality of Education.

Parker Palmer. Hardcover. Harper. 1983 Printing.
Very Good condition. Mostly clean pages, Moderate wear.
Buy now from: [ Doulos Christou Books $7]


Women’s Ways of Knowing.
Hardcover. Basic Books. 1986.
Good Condition. No dustjacket. Clean pages, moderate wear.
Buy now from: [ Doulos Christou Books $5]