Berkhof On The Creator/Creature Distinction

Alongside of the archetypal knowledge of God, found in God Himself, there is also an ectypal knowledge of Him, given to man by revelation. The latter is related to the former as a copy is to the original, and therefore does not possess the same measure of clearness and perfection. All our knowledge of God is derived from His self-revelation in nature and in Scripture. Consequently, our knowledge of God is on the one hand ectypal and analogical, but on the other hand also true and accurate, since it is a copy of the archetypal knowledge which God has of Himself.

Louis Berkhof | Systematic Theology (HT: Jack Miller) (For more on this see Recovering the Reformed Confession.)


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  1. Does Berkhof say how we know that ectypal knowledge is a copy of archetypal knowledge? I mean just because ectypal knowledge is, so to speak, true knowledge it does not seem to follow that it must be a copy of archetypal knowledge.

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