natural theology


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natural theology

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A theology holding that knowledge of God may be acquired by human reason and observation alone without the aid of revealed knowledge.

natural theology

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(Theology) the attempt to derive theological truth, and esp the existence of God, from empirical facts by reasoned argument. Compare revealed religion, fideism, revelation3
natural theologian n

nat′ural theol′ogy


n.
theology based on knowledge of the natural world and on human reason, apart from revelation.
[1670–80]
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Noun1.natural theology - a theology that holds that knowledge of God can be acquired by human reason without the aid of divine revelation
theological system, theology - a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings; "Jewish theology"; "Roman Catholic theology"
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reconstructs the views of these three leading lights of the Reformed tradition, setting their arguments in context and comparing their ideas on such issues as holy scripture, human reason, natural theology, creation, Mosaic physics, Copernicus, divine accommodation, the providence of God, secondary causality, the human being, the soul and the body, special status, conscience, and theological and political aspects of divine and natural law.
In the chapter on 'Grounding of Faith' one expects that there would be some discussion of natural theology, which traditionally has always had a place in the Catholic scheme.
THE WORLD IN THE SHADOW OF GOD: INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN NATURAL THEOLOGY.
95--While over the course of the twentieth century it has been de rigueur for philosophers and theologians to tutu their backs on metaphysics and natural theology, Timothy O'Connor's book, Theism and Ultimate Explanation: The Necessary Shape of Contingency impressively renews the question of their relevance.
At the time, a debate raged between those who advanced a sustained assault on religion and the promotion of scientific materialism, and those who advanced a natural theology harmonizing theology with the latest scientific findings, i.
The peculiar difficulties about his own theological foundation which his rejection of natural theology brought for him, in view of his strongly anti-fundamentalist attitude to the biblical text, will be best considered a little later.
s understanding of the Trinity can lead to a proper view of God's relations with us and our relations with God; and (4) a discussion of God in nature and natural theology that links together a theology of nature and systematic theology.
99--The Evidence for God: Religious Knowledge Reexamined develops a provocative and original argument for God's existence that avoids both the projects of natural theology and fideism.
The church should reject alliances with secular powers, maintain the separation of church and state, refuse to fight in wars, renounce natural theology and civil religion, and challenge governmental and other abuses of power through nonviolent protest and exemplary moral behavior.
David Grumett compares ways of doing natural theology after Darwin.
He first examines the case for omnipotence based on revelation and then upon reasons of natural theology.
We survey moments in natural theology from Ray to Chambers, nineteenth-century geology, and early evolutionists from Buffon to Lamarck.