Biblical Faith and Natural Theology: The Gifford Lectures for 1991: Delivered in the University of…

Paperback | November 1, 1994

byJames Barr

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Do people know about God just by being human beings? Or do they need special divine assistance, through the Bible and the church? `Natural Theology' is the idea that human beings `by nature', that is just through being human, know something of God; or that perhaps they gain such knowledgefrom observing the world we live in. Its opposite is `revealed theology', or the knowledge of God communicated only through special channels - through Jesus Christ, through the Bible, through the church. Natural theology was long accepted as a basic ingredient in all theology, but in the twentiethcentury it was rejected by important theologians, especially Karl Barth. His views denied all natural theology and placed greater emphasis on the Bible. But what if the Bible itself uses, depends on, and supports natural theology? In this book, Professor Barr pursues these questions within the Bible itself and within the history of ideas, earlier and more recent; and he looks at their implications for religion and theology in the future.

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Do people know about God just by being human beings? Or do they need special divine assistance, through the Bible and the church? `Natural Theology' is the idea that human beings `by nature', that is just through being human, know something of God; or that perhaps they gain such knowledgefrom observing the world we live in. Its opposi...

James Barr is at Vanderbilt University, Nashville.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:November 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Natural theology in this century: Concepts and approaches2. Paul on the Areopagus3. St Paul and the Hebrew background4. Natural theology in the Jewish tradition5. Within the Old Testament6. A return to the modern discussion7. Religion, tradition, and natural theology8. The image of God and natural theology9. Science, language10. Scripture11. Natural theology and the future of biblical theology

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'The Gifford Lectures for 1991 make a splendid book, with bibliographies and indexes included. As usual, Barr makes complex problems appear in a different, and usually clearer, light, yet without undue simplification.'Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 64 (1994)