Re: [asa] Theology of Nature

From: Ted Davis <>
Date: Fri Oct 24 2008 - 09:41:51 EDT


Any rationality that we can find in "nature" (a word that, as Boyle
emphasized, is not found in the Hebrew Bible) is discoverable by us only b/c
(1) God put it there--that is, God made the order that we can find--and (2)
God also gave us the gift of reason, making us in his image. Nature has no
mind of its own, but it does reflect an aspect of God's personality--namely
the presence of contingent order. Order, b/c God is a God of order, who
brought order out of chaos "in the beginning." Contingent, b/c God's will
is not wholly determined by God's reason; here I follow M B Foster and
others who reject Leibniz' rationalistic God, who must always act
conformably to reason.


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