In Defense of Natural Theology

A Post-Humean Assessment


Author: James F. Sennett,Douglas Groothuis

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830827671

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

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James F. Sennett and Douglas Groothuis have assembled a distinguished array of scholars to examine the Humean legacy with care and make the case for a more robust, if chastened, natural theology after Hume.

The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology


Author: Russell Re Manning,John Hedley Brooke

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199556938

Category: Religion

Page: 632

View: 4699

The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology is the first collection to consider the full breadth of natural theology from both historical and contemporary perspectives and to bring together leading scholars to offer accessible high-level accounts of the major themes. The volume embodies and develops the recent revival of interest in natural theology as a topic of serious critical engagement. Frequently misunderstood or polemicized, natural theology is anunder-studied yet persistent and pervasive presence throughout the history of thought about ultimate reality - from the classical Greek theology of the philosophers to twenty-first century debates in science andreligion. Thirty eight new essays trace the transformations of natural theology in different historical and religious contexts, the place of natural theology in different philosophical traditions and diverse scientific disciplines, and the various cultural and aesthetic approaches to natural theology to reveal a rich seam of multi-faceted theological reflection rooted in human nature and the environments within which we find ourselves.

Natural Theology

Or, Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity, Collected from the Appearances of Nature


Author: William Paley

Publisher: N.A


Category: Natural history

Page: 344

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The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology


Author: William Lane Craig,J. P. Moreland

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444350854

Category: Philosophy

Page: 697

View: 4776

With the help of in–depth essays from some of the world′s leading philosophers, The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology explores the nature and existence of God through human reason and evidence from the natural world. Provides in–depth and cutting–edge treatment of natural theology′s main arguments Includes contributions from first–rate philosophers well known for their work on the relevant topics Updates relevant arguments in light of the most current, state–of–the–art philosophical and scientific discussions Stands in useful contrast and opposition to the arguments of the ′new atheists′

Natural Theology Reconfigured

Confucian Axiology and American Pragmatism


Author: Zhiqiu Xu

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317089677

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Classic natural theology in its logical, rational, Aristotelian presentation has encountered an impasse. Since the Enlightenment, nature has ceased to be a vital topic in theological discussions until a recent revival of interest stemming from ecological and feminist concerns. Provocatively transcending boundaries between Philosophy and Theology, ancient and contemporary, East and West, Natural Theology Reconfigured revitalises the validity and relevancy of Natural Theology, a shipwrecked concept in the West, with the aid of Eastern Confucian Axiology and American Pragmatism.

Natural Theology

With African Annotations


Author: Maurice Muhatia Makumba

Publisher: Paulines Publications Africa


Category: Natural theology

Page: 216

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The Reformed Objection to Natural Theology


Author: Dr Michael Sudduth

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 140948050X

Category: Religion

Page: 250

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Michael Sudduth examines three prominent objections to natural theology that have emerged in the Reformed streams of the Protestant theological tradition: objections from the immediacy of our knowledge of God, the noetic effects of sin, and the logic of theistic arguments. Distinguishing between the project of natural theology and particular models of natural theology, Sudduth argues that none of the main Reformed objections is successful as an objection to the project of natural theology itself. One particular model of natural theology - the dogmatic model - is best suited to handle Reformed concerns over natural theology. According to this model, rational theistic arguments represent the reflective reconstruction of the natural knowledge of God by the Christian in the context of dogmatic theology. Informed by both contemporary religious epistemology and the history of Protestant philosophical theology, Sudduth’'s examination illuminates the complex nature of the project of natural theology and its place in the Reformed tradition.

Political Economy as Natural Theology

Smith, Malthus and Their Followers


Author: Paul Oslington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351686038

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 164

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Since the early 20th century, economics has been the dominant discourse in English-speaking countries, displacing Christian theology from its previous position of authority. This path-breaking book is a major contribution to the interdisciplinary dialogue between economics and religion. Oslington tells the story of natural theology shaping political economy in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, emphasising continuing significance of theological issues for the discipline of economics. Early political economists such as Adam Smith, Josiah Tucker, Edmund Burke, William Paley, TR Malthus, Richard Whately, JB Sumner, Thomas Chalmers and William Whewell, extended the British scientific natural theology tradition of Francis Bacon, Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton to the social world. This extension nourished and shaped political economy as a discipline, influencing its theoretical framework, but perhaps more importantly helping legitimate political economy in the British universities and public policy circles. Educating the public in the principles of political economy had a central place in this religiously driven program. Natural theology also created tensions (especially reconciling economic suffering with divine goodness and power) that eventually contributed to its demise and the separation of economics from theology in mid-19th-century Britain. This volume highlights aspects of the story that are neglected in standard histories of economics, histories of science and contemporary theology. Political Economy as Natural Theology is essential reading for all concerned with the origins of economics, the meaning and purpose of economic activity and the role of religion in contemporary policy debates.

Natural Theology

Comprising "Nature and Grace" by Professor Dr. Emil Brunner and the reply "No!" by Dr. Karl Barth


Author: Emil Brunner,Karl Barth

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1592441122

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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This reissue of Emil Brunner's 'Nature and Grace' with Karl Barth's response 'No!' places back into the hands of theological students one of the most important, and well publicized, theological arguments of the 20th century. Here we see the climax of Barth and Brunner's disagreement over the point of contact for the gospel in the consciousness of natural man. Also at stake is the nature of the theological task. Brunner claims that the task of that generation was to find a way back to a legitimate natural theology. Barth responds strongly, arguing that there is no way to knowledge of God by way of human reason. Barth's radical Christocentric redevelopment of Reformation theology left no room for any source of authority aside from the Word of God.

Darwinism and the Divine

Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology


Author: Alister E. McGrath

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118697774

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 6437

Darwinism and the Divine examines the implications of evolutionary thought for natural theology, from the time of publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species to current debates on creationism and intelligent design. Questions whether Darwin's theory of natural selection really shook our fundamental beliefs, or whether they served to transform and illuminate our views on the origins and meaning of life Identifies the forms of natural theology that emerged in 19th-century England and how they were affected by Darwinism The most detailed study yet of the intellectual background to William Paley's famous and influential approach to natural theology, set out in 1802 Brings together material from a variety of disciplines, including the history of ideas, historical and systematic theology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, sociology, and the cognitive science of religion Considers how Christian belief has adapted to Darwinism, and asks whether there is a place for design both in the world of science and the world of theology A thought-provoking exploration of 21st-century views on evolutionary thought and natural theology, written by the world-renowned theologian and bestselling author

A Natural History of Natural Theology

The Cognitive Science of Theology and Philosophy of Religion


Author: Helen De Cruz,Johan De Smedt

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262028549

Category: Philosophy

Page: 264

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Questions about the existence and attributes of God form the subject matter of natural theology, which seeks to gain knowledge of the divine by relying on reason and experience of the world. Arguments in natural theology rely largely on intuitions and inferences that seem natural to us, occurring spontaneously -- at the sight of a beautiful landscape, perhaps, or in wonderment at the complexity of the cosmos -- even to a nonphilosopher. In this book, Helen De Cruz and Johan De Smedt examine the cognitive origins of arguments in natural theology. They find that although natural theological arguments can be very sophisticated, they are rooted in everyday intuitions about purpose, causation, agency, and morality. Using evidence and theories from disciplines including the cognitive science of religion, evolutionary ethics, evolutionary aesthetics, and the cognitive science of testimony, they show that these intuitions emerge early in development and are a stable part of human cognition.De Cruz and De Smedt analyze the cognitive underpinnings of five well-known arguments for the existence of God: the argument from design, the cosmological argument, the moral argument, the argument from beauty, and the argument from miracles. Finally, they consider whether the cognitive origins of these natural theological arguments should affect their rationality.

Christianity and Classical Culture

The Metamorphosis of Natural Theology in the Christian Encounter with Hellenism


Author: Jaroslav Pelikan

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300055544

Category: Art

Page: 368

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A New Natural Theology

Based Upon the Doctrine of Evolution


Author: J. Morris

Publisher: N.A


Category: Evolution

Page: 347

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Natural Theology

The Arguments of Paley, Brougham, and the Bridgewater Treatises on this Subject Examined : Also the Doctrines of Brougham and the Immaterialists Respecting the Soul


Author: George Ensor

Publisher: N.A


Category: Bridgewater treatises on the power, wisdom and goodness of God

Page: 60

View: 7576

Class Book of Natural Theology

Or the Testimony of Nature to the Being, Perfections, and Government of God (Classic Reprint)


Author: Henry Fergus

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9781528182171

Category: Self-Help

Page: 286

View: 8040

Excerpt from Class Book of Natural Theology: Or the Testimony of Nature to the Being, Perfections, and Government of God To whatever quarter We turn our eye, we find ample mate rials for this study. Animate and inanimate natu-te are alike A. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Puritanism and Natural Theology


Author: Wallace W. Marshall

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532602758

Category: Religion

Page: 182

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The prevailing consensus among historians is that natural theology within Protestantism was born in the eighteenth century as a byproduct of the Enlightenment and had a sharply diminished if not nonexistent role within Puritanism. Based on an exhaustive study of the writings of some sixty English and American Puritans spanning from the late sixteenth century to the early eighteenth century, this book demonstrates that the overwhelming majority of Puritan theologians not only embraced natural theology on a theoretical level but employed it in a surprising variety of pastoral, apologetic, and evangelical contexts, including their missionary activities to the Indians of New England. Some Puritans even asserted that people who had never heard about Christianity could be saved through the knowledge afforded them by natural theology. This conclusion reshapes our understanding of the history of apologetics and sheds fresh light on the origins of the Enlightenment itself. Puritanism and Natural Theology also examines the crises of doubt experienced by several prominent Puritan theologians, advances our understanding of the oft-debated issue of the role of reason within Puritanism, and sets the Puritans' enthusiasm for natural science within the broader context of their beliefs about natural theology.

Reshaping Natural Theology

Seeing Nature as Creation


Author: M. Wahlberg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230393144

Category: Philosophy

Page: 260

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Is nature creation or merely the product of non-intentional, natural processes? The author aims to recover the Christian sense that it is obvious that nature is creation and argues that biological nature has expressive properties similar in kind to human behaviour and art.

A Public God

Natural Theology Reconsidered


Author: Neil Ormerod

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers

ISBN: 145146469X

Category: Religion

Page: 196

View: 9604

Natural theology is a philosophical site that is hotly debated and controversial--it is claimed by Roman Catholics, Protestants, and Evangelicals as a crucial vantage point for the intersection of theology, philosophy, science, and politics. It is strongly contested by some theologians, such as those influenced by Barth, as well as some philosophers and scientists. This volume steers through these troubled waters, arguing for reclamation of a natural theology that withstands the challenges from within and without the Christian tradition and accrues to a vital public and political witness.