If knowledge flows from our commitments, is all knowledge relative? So Walsh and Keesmaat ask in Colossians Remixed. The problem one often hears about postmodernity is relativism.
There are, they say, no metaworldview criteria that can prove one worldview superior to others for those criteria are part of worldview. They argue that we cannot let the idol set the terms of the conversation.
But, the following are needed:
3. Sensitive to justice.
4. Humility about its claims and open to correction.
5. Capable of generating a praxis that puts into action the heart of the worldview.
W-K think Paul’s “embodied, relational epistemology of love” is what truth is about.
Colossians 2:1-4 (it took them long enough to get Colossians on the table) shows this. Community and love lead to knowledge. Truth is embodied in a person — the truth buck stops in the Incarnation finally. Genuine encounter with truth encounters person. The plausibility of Christianity is the community that witnesses to Christ.
1 I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.
Biblical epistemology is “put up or shut up” (131).