While engaged in a discussion of middle-knowledge with a dear friend recently, I noticed a presupposition. The objection was something in the neighborhood of this:
“Middle-knowledge sounds nice philosophically, and has great theological potential if true, but, there’s something I can’t picture: When Paul was writing on election and predestination in Romans (for example), was he thinking ‘middle-knowledge is how God effected this’? I think it was not.”
Here’s the objector’s presupposition: Scriptural authors completely understood, philosophically, how the truth of what the Holy Spirit told them works. This is, I think, something Christian’s should not feel compelled to hold. I totally affirm that Paul, for example, understood that God predestines us– but I don’t affirm that he necessarily understood just how that works. Similarly, I doubt any of the authors of Scripture could philosophically explain the Trinity, though at least most of them would explicitly affirm it. Now, I’ve written this in a hurry, so my explanation has not been polished, but the point is clear, I think. Any thoughts?