Key Themes in Mekkes’s Post-Critical Thought

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Abstract

This article examines J.P.A. Mekkes’s post-critical thought with respect to three areas. First, I examine the correlation between faith and hearing, and the corresponding notion of the normativity of revelation, in Mekkes’s religious epistemology. I develop Mekkes’s epistemology in light of an appeal to testimony as the epistemic basis of faith. Second, I examine his claim that there is an irresolvable conflict between the historically situated knower and his claim to make universally valid truth claims. In this context, I raise the question regarding the distinction between epistemic justification and truth, and problems that arise from Mekkes’s failure to draw that distinction. Third, I examine Mekkes’s fundamental theology regarding the meaning of creation revelation, as well as his reluctance to speak of states of affairs, structures of creation, creational law, and the like. I argue that his reluctance stems from not only the philosophical problems I raise regarding his views on justification and truth, but also Mekkes’s emphasis on a Christocentric and eschatological perspective of creation revelation.

Key Themes in Mekkes’s Post-Critical Thought

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Plantinga 2000147251–252 266–267. I borrow the apt phrase “modest testimonial foundationalism” from Kevin J. Vanhoozer 2016 72.

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This too is the view of Lewis 195213–30.

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This is the subtitle of Mekkes 1971. Mekkes’s “critique of subjectivity” has more similarity to Dooyeweerd’s so-called “first way” rather than “second way” of a “transcendental critique of philosophical thought.”

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