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Biblical Faith and Natural Theology

James Barr

Published in print November 1994 | ISBN: 9780198263760
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600395 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198263767.001.0001

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Biblical Faith and Natural Theology

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Natural theology is the idea that human beings ‘by nature’, just through being human, know something of God, or alternatively that they gain such knowledge through experience of the world we live in. An opposite is revelation, a knowledge of God communicated through special channels such as the Bible. Natural theology was long accepted as a basic ingredient in theology and indeed in science, but in modern times was widely rejected, notably in Barthianism. But what if the Bible itself uses, depends on and supports natural theology? This book examines the biblical materials (Hebrew Bible, Apocrypha and New Testament) that seem to give an affirmative answer. On biblical grounds, it argues, the importance of natural theology is undeniable.

Keywords: Barthianism; Biblical theology; creation; human nature; image of God; Paul; revelation; wisdom of Solomon

Book.  256 pages. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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Paul on the Areopagus in Biblical Faith and Natural Theology

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Within the Old Testament in Biblical Faith and Natural Theology

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A Return to the Modern Discussion in Biblical Faith and Natural Theology

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