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Natural Theology and the Sensus Divinitatis

Paul Helm

in John Calvin's Ideas

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199255696
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602429 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199255695.003.0009
Natural Theology and the Sensus Divinitatis

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There have been sharply divergent views on Calvin's view of natural theology. Some think that Calvin sees no 'point of contact' between believer and unbeliever, others that he is a fully fledged natural theologian. This Chapter reassesses the evidence not only from the Institutes but also from Calvin's Commentaries. His fundamental idea of the sensus divinitatis is considered in the light of how contemporary 'Reformed' epistemologists understand it.

Keywords: apologetics; faith and reason; natural theology; 'reformed' epistemology; sensus divinitatis

Chapter.  18119 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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