The Reification of Knowledge (Untimely Meditations or Unfashionable Observations)

The Reification of Knowledge

(Untimely Meditations or Unfashionable Observations)

By Lee Karl Palo

© 2013 Lee Karl Palo

In the Ancient World, knowledge was understood as something you participate in. As such, the word “know” shows up in all sorts of contexts we would think of as odd today. Adam “knew” Eve (Genesis 4:1).

What this means…

– Knowledge is not data stored in the mind—knowledge is an activity of the mind.

– Knowledge is a verb, not a noun.

– Knowledge is a journey, not a destination.

– Knowledge is not a thing you possess—knowledge possesses you.

– Knowledge is movement, not stillness.

– You don’t have knowledge so much as you live knowledge.

Knowledge of God in the Bible did not consist in data about divine attributes. To know God is to do God’s will (as God’s will is understood and practiced by individuals and communities). To participate in debates about God’s existence is just playing language games—To participate in the Eucharist is to know God.

Now we see a reflection in a mirror; then we will see face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I will know completely in the same way that I have been completely known. 1 Corinthians 13:12

God knows us!



Untimely Meditations or Unfashionable Observations are meant to provoke thought. They are not necessarily meant to convey the author’s actual opinion, and may be hypothetical in nature. The style is inspired by a certain oft-misunderstood European philosopher of the late 19th Century (he would have preferred to be called a European philosopher rather than a German philosopher) – “Dionysus.”


© 2013 Lee Karl Palo

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One Response to The Reification of Knowledge (Untimely Meditations or Unfashionable Observations)

  1. cloakedmonk says:

    Reblogged this on Cloaked Monk's Blog and commented:
    This is apropos for Thoughtful Thursday and from one of my friends!

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