The King of Knowledge

James Thornwell, referencing Aristotle and John Locke, said it this way:

(B)oth Aristotle and Locke regard it (theology, LK) “as the comprehension of all other knowledge,” so that without it all other knowledge is fragmentary, partial and incomplete (Works of Thornwell, volume 1, p. 25).

When the Enlightenment came along and dethroned theology from its rightful place at the head of all knowledge, then the rest of knowledge immediately started breaking up into smaller and smaller fragments, as it is today. Bits of knowledge float free-form and utterly isolated from anything else.

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4 Comments

  1. davidgrissen said,

    February 7, 2019 at 9:52 am

    I have never looked at the enlightenment in a positive way. You describe another negative. But yesterday in the Houston Holocaust Museum I saw one positive: During the enlightenment the attitude toward the Jewish people liberalized from antisemitism to acceptance of Jews and their inclusion in society. Why are progressives more inclusive and welcoming in relationships than conservative Christians tend to be?

  2. roberty bob said,

    February 7, 2019 at 10:04 am

    King of Knowledge!

    Queen of the Sciences, too, apparently.

  3. reiterations said,

    February 8, 2019 at 2:19 am

    As I understand it, though, Aristotle (and other ancient Greek philosophers) probably had philosophy in his mind rather than theology as we understand the term today.

  4. Steve Drake said,

    February 8, 2019 at 7:53 am

    @ David #1,

    Why are progressives more inclusive and welcoming in relationships than conservative Christians tend to be?

    I’m not trying to be flippant here David, but could it be that sin loves the sight, smell, and taste of its own corruption?


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