natural theology


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natural theology

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

natural theology

n
(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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In describing the nature of fundamental theology in terms of communication, I begin by noting that fundamental theology is a 20th-century successor to the older traditions of natural theology and apologetics; its task is to provide a "propaedeutic path to faith.
may be used as book of natural theology, for all these books discuss the secrets and laws of the marvelous systems of creation, whose logical and correct interpretation is not possible without acknowledging the existence of God.
Because natural theology had been the central plank of all Christian theology for almost 2,000 years, Barth had become the most innovative Christian theologian since St Paul.
His Natural Theology is refreshing and his description of Special revelation in Scripture is engaging, Ladario adds little to the long-standing Corpus Theologium of orthodox Catholic teaching by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.
Such distinctions play a role in theological aesthetics and natural theology.
Protestant theology was not hospitable soil for voluntarism until fundamentalism reacted against liberalism's secularization of natural theology in the late nineteenth century.
Natural theology differs from revealed theology, which reflects on God and the world on the grounds of what is believed to be divine revelation, e.
also examines how extremists are created (even in elementary schools), the needs of groups, the effects of belief and religions, and the nature and misuse of language supported by tenets blended from neuroanatomy, philosophy, psychology (group and individual), logic, physics, natural theology (absent books), and the nature of mature/immature operational (cognitive) development.
This was when the focus of intellectual inquiry in Europe shifted from doing natural theology (studying objects to learn about God) to doing natural philosophy (studying objects to learn about nature).
Pelikan's Christianity and Classical Culture: The Metamorphosis of Natural Theology in the Christian Encounter with Hellenism (Yale University Press, 1993).
St Thomas Aquinas is best remembered for his Summa Theologicae and his Sununu Contra Gentiles but as the editors remind us, these two are only the biggest and highest peaks in a range of works that reflect the wealth of thirteenth century theological and philosophical investigation, especially into the relations between revealed truth and natural theology.
Nor is it the figure typical in design arguments for Nature as the Book of God in natural religion evidenced from Anglican Bishop Samuel Clarke's 1704-05 Boyle lectures basing natural theology on Newtonian science (Buckley 166-93, Jager 10), to William Paley and the clockmaker analogy in the next century (Jager 117, 237n13).