Research as the Un-hiding of God's Knowledge

Geoff Beech, Elizabeth Beech

Abstract


The research methodologies that have prevailed in academe have flowed generally from modernist and postmodernist assumptions concerning reality. These assumptions regarding the discovery of truth not only have permeated all Western educational institutions but have also colonised those in non-Western countries. Other cultures, however, have different ways of judging truth—as do Christians. This paper suggests that we might begin to think about research from a biblical perspective. To do this we may recognise a holistic, relational epistemology and see research as the unhiding of truth about God and His works while declaring, or reclaiming, truths to be of Godly origin, value and purpose. In doing this, such research would endeavour to follow God’s commands and His will for His Creation by providing restorative solutions to Fall-induced problems.


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