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Natural Theology
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What is called natural theology is not an independent theme but an ongoing, urgent problem in Christian theology relating to the question of truth. Natural theology wants to show that God is self-evident and that he does not serve merely as a deus ex machina in the world. It thus claims the adjective “natural” in two ways. The first reference is to the natural sphere in the concrete world order (Nature) as the natural horizon against which God appears. It is as natural beings that humans are under God’s impact a…

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Link, Christian, “Natural Theology”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N73>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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