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Men are curious beings. They like to know. According to the Biblical account of the fall of man he was tempted and fell at this very point. The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was desired by Adam and Eve to make them wise. The Bible shows that they satisfied this desire to their own detriment. By a little observation, or even introspection, one can see that man still has this desire to know. A trip to the library, to inspect the multitudinous volumes on a myriad of subjects, should convince the most skeptical person of the human desire to know. Men not only want to know, they also want to know how and why they know.
The same library would contain many volumes treating the sources and nature of knowledge. Some of the greatest minds in history have dealt with this problem. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Roger Bacon, Francis Bacon, Locke, Hume, Leibnitz, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel and many other eminent men have seriously studied the problem of knowledge.
Hayden, Paul Marvin, "A Critical Study of the Doctrine of Revelation as Held by Three Contemporary American Theologians -- Georgia Harkness, Nels F.S. Ferré, and Edwin Lewis -- In the Light of the Wesleyan View" (1950). Western Evangelical Seminary Theses. 103.