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Preparing to Hear the Gospel: A Proposal for Natural Theology

Preparing to Hear the Gospel: A Proposal for Natural Theology

by Ned Wisnefske


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Preparing to Hear the Gospel proposes a natural theology that prepares the way for Christian faith, so is neither apologetic for Christianity, nor a natural substitution for it. It draws on philosophical insights from Wittgenstein to argue for a practical, non-foundational understanding which is neither theoretical knowledge of God, nor immediate consciousness of God. The author points out that natural form of life impresses a common morality that functions to prepare the way for the gospel, much as the natural law did for Reformation theology, and the moral life did for Kierkegaard. He concludes that natural theology leads us to the reality of an 'unknown God' or to the 'hidden God.' In this way, the book prepares for the good news of God's redemption which frees humanity from the power of death for new life.

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ISBN-13: 9780761812357
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Ned Wisenefske is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Roanoke College.

Table of Contents

chapter 1 Preface chapter 2 Introduction chapter 3 How Our Picture of Religion Distorts Christian Theology chapter 4 The Irrelevance of Religion for Our Common, Natural Life chapter 5 The Middle of Life chapter 6 Our Natural Form of Life chapter 7 Natural Theology chapter 8 Christian Theology chapter 9 Conclusion chapter 10 Index

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