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Science and Natural Theology

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Research Seminars are held on alternate Tuesdays. A free light buffet lunch and drinks are served from 12:30 onwards

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Natural theology is generally understood to concern what we can know about God purely by being human, apart from any special revelation. The subject has had a chequered history but is still a live area of enquiry today, especially with insights from science such as cosmological fine-tuning. However, the very idea of doing natural theology has been seriously challenged from within systematic theology, most notably by the great Protestant theologian Karl Barth. In this lecture I critique Barth’s position, especially by arguing that natural theology is included in God’s revelation in the Bible where it is portrayed as giving knowledge of God which is universally available. I conclude with a brief consideration of theologians who have reconsidered the place of natural theology following on from Barth.

This talk is part of the The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion series.

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