Studies in The Baptist Catechism: Section One – Authority, Revelation, and Scripture (Q.3)
William F. Leonhart III
Q.3: How may we know there is a God?
A. The light of nature in man and the works of God plainly declare there is a God;1 but His Word and Spirit only do it fully and effectually for the salvation of sinners.2
1Romans 1:19-20; Psalm 19:1-3; Acts 17:24
21 Corinthians 2:10; 2 Timothy 3:15-16
I have long taken issue with the use of the terms nature and natural in discussions of God’s divine revelation. To suggest that revelation can be natural is to suggest that it could be something other than divine in origin. Indeed, nothing about divine revelation is natural. What is meant by many theologians when they refer to natural revelation might best be rendered cosmic revelation.
When referring to natural revelation, what is meant is that which God reveals to us about Himself through His created order. However, post-Darwin, the term nature has come to mean something vastly different than what it once meant. Where the pre-moderns may have been referring to the created order when they referenced nature, Charles Darwin and his humanist predecessors have redefined nature…
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