Natural vs revealed theology

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  • Knowledge of God
    • Natural theology
      • Knowing through reason and experience
      • Based on evidence and reason in this world
        • Large feature in Catholicism
        • Smaller role in Calvinism
          • Form of protestantism
      • 'Point of contact
        • Ability to recognise God
          • Engaging in our world means we can make point of contact stronger
      • Sensus divinatitis - sense of God
        • Deeply ingrained idea of God- CALVIN
        • Sense of beauty and goodness
          • Conscience
            • Deeply ingrained idea of God- CALVIN
      • Order of Universe
        • Nature is a 'mirror to God'
        • Process theology
          • God lives WITH Universe
            • A.N Whitehead
        • Epistemic distance
          • God does this so we can make our own choices (free will)
        • 'Duplex cognito Domini'
          • Knowledge of God as a creator and redeemer
            • Calvin
    • Revealed theology
      • Known through revelation
        • Through scriptures
        • Mediate
          • Religious revelation on your own
        • Immediate
          • Through the scripture
      • Larger in Calvinism
      • Smaller in Catholicsm
      • Guide to redemption
        • God's direct revelation to humanity
          • Supernatural knowledge
            • Unvailed to humans
        • Based on faith not intellect
      • Confirms natural theology but expands
      • Calvin
        • The Fall
        • Augustinian
        • God revealed as redeemer, he is like a broken mirror
          • Catholicism/aquinas
            • Fall as confusion
              • Like a 'dirty' mirror
            • 'Unformed' faith
              • Knowing there are reasons to have faith, but not having it yet
            • 'Formed' faith
              • Taken reasons to reality and committing to having a faith in God
        • 'Firm and certian knowledge' and willing to believe
          • Faith
          • Once you have this, you are ready for the revealed God
            • Majority of Christians follow the meaning of scriptures
        • Ambiguos
      • Faith bridges evidence we can see our self and God
    • Natural and revealed are important
    • Alvin Platinga
      • Reformed epistemology
      • Revealed theology is superior to natural theology
        • RT is reasonable and justified
        • NT is insufficient
      • Criticisms
        • Knowledge of God is basic
        • No reason to believe it

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