This is one of the hardest questions we have to ask ourselves. “Hey, why do I believe what I believe? Why do I think what I think? What sources do we use to inform and “flesh-out” our understanding of the world? How do we think about morality, theology, and the world?
I’m a Wesleyan. As a Wesleyan, I usually use four tools to understand these things; Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience. Other theological traditions might use some other source, and some might take issue with one of my four. That would be a great conversation to have in some other article, but today I want to talk about what we can agree on.
Whatever we use to study scripture, I think we can all agree that these ones don’t work. These are kinds of knowledge that will mislead us, that will obscure more than they ever reveal. I specifically reject these when it comes to my study of God’s word, world, and truth.