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Biblical Faith and Natural Theology: The…

Biblical Faith and Natural Theology: The Gifford Lectures for 1991:…

by James Barr

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At the centre of this book is Barr's broadside against Barth's rejection of natural theology. Positively, Barr argues cogently that the Bible itself contains natural theology and therefore any dogmatic rejection of natural theology is a rejection to some extent of Biblical authority.

Barr also rejects the 'fashion' at the time of drawing a strong contrast beween Hebrew and Greek thought. In this he has won the day in serious scholarship, but the idea is still prevelant in sermons and talks by those who had their theological education over 20 years ago and have not read much since.

A very imprtant book, and well written too! My only minor gripe is that Barr could have perhaps given some space to theologies that take both natural theology and biblical authority seriously. ( )
  TonyMilner | Jun 21, 2010 |
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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 was long accepted as a basic ingredient in all theology, but in the twentieth century 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? Professor Barr here 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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