In March, 1973, at the invitation of Dr. Morton H. Smith and the Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi, I taught a course at the seminary on the philosophy of knowledge, epistemology. Subsequently, with additions, these same lectures were delivered to a Chalcedon adult study group in California. This book is the product of those two series of lectures.
Even a casual glance at the contents of this study makes obvious its indebtedness to the philosophy of Dr. Cornelius Van Til. At Reformed Theological Seminary these lectures were a supplement to the reading of Dr. Van Til’s A Christian Theory of Knowledge and A Survey of Christian Epistemology (first published under the title of The Metaphysics of Apologetics in 1932).
I am happy to acknowledge the fact that I am a member of the Van Tilian school of thought. The strength of this study is derived from his position, and its inadequacies are mine. This study is offered as a sidelight on the very important questions of a valid theory of knowledge, and it is my hope that its reading will lead to a study of Van Til’s works.
I am grateful to Dr. Smith and the faculty and students of Reformed Theological Seminary for the cordial reception to me and to the lectures.
I am grateful also to James B. Jordan, who typed the manuscript for me.
Rousas John Rushdoony