According to Karl Barth, revelation is an event, the reality of an encounter between God and man in which 'His kingdom comes for us, and this world passes for us.' Well-known for his Church Dogmatics
, Barth is recognized by many (in the words of Colin Gunton) as an 'intuitive genius,' yet the criticism has been made that his doctrine of revelation leaves little room for human response or participation. Enter Michael Polyani. A scientist turned philosopher, Polyani is essentially a practitioner
whose theory of personal knowledge is consistently a posteriori
(dependent on experience or empirical evidence). In particular, his theory of tacit knowledge-of which he states, 'we know more than we can tell'-is innovative in its demonstration of the way articulate knowledge arises out of practical and intrinsically imaginative participation in particular practices. Tony Clark establishes a dialogue between Barth and Polyani in the hopes of rearticulating a doctrine of revelation based on Polyani's epistemological insight. Drawing the two together, Clark-a former Teaching Fellow at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and a professor of Ethics at Friends University-suggests that knowledge of God is necessarily bound up with the various practices of the church. 'The ecclesial forms of life,' Clark writes, 'provide a dwelling place in which we may find our home.' Clark's original contribution to the conversation involves the construction of an authentic theology of the imagination, through which we are able to participate in the Trinitarian life of God. 227 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
Description: In this creative contribution to the doctrine of revelation, Clark seeks to develop and...