By James Barr
Do humans learn about God simply by being people? Or do they want distinct divine information, in the course of the Bible and the church? usual theology was once lengthy authorized as a simple aspect in all theology, yet within the 20th century it used to be rejected by means of very important theologians, in particular Karl Barth. His perspectives denied all traditional theology and put better emphasis at the Bible. yet what if the Bible itself makes use of, is determined by, and helps traditional theology? Professor Barr right here pursues those questions in the Bible itself and in the heritage of principles, prior and newer; and he appears to be like at their implications for faith and theology within the future.
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Moulton and W. F. Howard, Grammar of New Testament Greek, ii (Edinburgh: T. &T. Clark, 1929), 8 n. 3: Bruce, Acts, 339. They add that Luke's knowledge of Greek literature, apart from medical writers, was too limited for him to have known this sort of thing—thus making it more probable that the speech is really by Paul, who did have this kind of knowledge. 48 Bruce, Acts, 283. 49 The approach described in Acts 17 was indeed carried out by St Paul but was a momentary lapse or mistake on his part.
Here we have to be careful, for New Testament specialists themselves appear not to agree, and some of them explicitly deny that there is anything like natural theology in Romans. Moreover, as a survey of recent writing makes clear, the problem is tied up with questions of the audience to which the letter is addressed, its purpose and function and the like, all questions which I would not feel competent to address on a professional level. One might summarize a large variety of positions somewhat like this: 1.
Thus some agree that Roman Catholic theology had depended too much on natural theology and that it beneﬁted from the impulse of these discussions, which NATURAL THEOLOGY IN THIS CENTURY 19 enabled it to move towards a more biblical type of utterance. But the absoluteness and the rigidity displayed in the conﬂict with Brunner were ridiculous. Nor was it ever proved by Barth, nor did he even attempt to prove, that all Roman Catholic theology, and all ‘Modern Protestantism’, that is, more or less all theologies other than his own, were compromises of some kind with natural theology.
Biblical Faith and Natural Theology: The Gifford Lectures for 1991: Delivered in the University of Edinburgh (Clarendon Paperbacks) by James Barr