According to Plato, knowledge is a subset of that which is both true and believed. It is easy for people to discuss what they believe, but how do we ascertain that which is true? From my experiences with theists, they seem to imagine that believing something to be true, makes it true. Atheists are more likely to suggest that believing something to be true may have little impact on whether or not something actually is true. What does this mean for how we view the world and the potential knowledge within it? It may mean that for a theist knowledge is precisely that which they believe to be true. So, I would suggest that a theist believes that a god represents all knowledge known, or believed, and therefore what is true. Implicit in this is the belief that as they believe in god, that there is no knowledge outside what they believe they know about god.
Therefore knowledge which is inconstant, or inconsistent with that which is ascribed to the god, or to the god belief, is not considered knowledge. It is not considered knowledge because if the premise is that knowledge is only knowledge if it is expressed through a specific modality of god belief, then any information which is inconstant with the premise, cannot by definition, be considered knowledge. This theistic concept of what knowledge can be expressed like this: "Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments." That is, the supposed mind of god, which contains all knowledge (omniscience) and the theistic mind which has faith that an omniscient god exists, CANNOT countenance the idea that knowledge exists which is contrary to: -
- 1. God exists
- 2. God is omniscient and as
- 3. God is omniscient, god defines what knowledge is.
To explore this thought further, this theistic concept could be expressed in this way. "Knowledge is not knowledge which alters when its alteration finds, nor bends with its remover to remove." Analogous to this is that if god is all knowledge, there is nothing outside of the word of god which can be considered to be knowledge. That is, if you believe that the concepts of love or knowledge can ONLY be explored and explained within the context of your god belief, you have hindered your ability to intellectually assess information with any degree of neutrality. This applies to all theists who have chosen a particular god to represent what they believe to be the embodiment of these concepts.
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Book of Knowledge