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date: 20 September 2019

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This chapter shows that the apostle Paul had a distinctive epistemology regarding human knowledge of God. It is a pneumatic wisdom epistemology, owing to its role, in human knowledge of God, for the Spirit of God and for a special kind of wisdom linked to Jesus Christ. Paul’s epistemology is centrally Christological, because the aforementioned Spirit and wisdom are the Spirit and wisdom of Jesus Christ. The chapter explains how Paul’s epistemology is grace-oriented given its implication that God relates to humans in a way that undermines the human earning of divine favour. It identifies how ‘cognitive grace’ and a filial relation figure in Paul’s account of knowing God. The filial relation requires one’s participating in divine agapē as God self-manifests to one. The chapter identifies this participating as having a volitional component, whereby people cooperate with the will of God in a way that is cognitively important.

Keywords: epistemology, knowledge, evidence, volition, cognitive grace, apostle Paul

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