Revelation as a Way of Knowing

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Dr. King quotes and discusses Henry Nelson Wieman’s view of revelation and knowledge as described in “The Source of Human Good.” He used this quote in his doctoral dissertation, “A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman.”

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Revelation as a Way of Knowing
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[Inserted in Margin: Revelation as a way of Knowing (Wieman)] used It is often claimed that religious knowledge is peculiarly derived from revelation. Wieman, [having?] seeds to show that revelation provides no access to truth beyond the bounds of observation, agreement of observers, and coherence. Revelation [Crossed Out: MS: illegible] in itself is not knowledge although it may be an avenue to knowledge. Revelation for Wieman is "the lifting of the creative event to a place of domination in the devotion of a continuing [Page 2] fellowship to form one enduring strand of history." (SHG, 214) This lifting to a place of domination was not done by man, but by such events as the life and teachings of Jesus, the Crucifixion; the Resurrection; the forming of thee fellowships, etc.
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