The study of God’s revelation of himself to humanity has been classified in two ways: general revelation and special revelation. The general revelation of God has been found in three areas: nature, history, and humanity. Theologians concerned with the comprehensiveness of general revelation have developed what is known as natural theology. This theology studies the way in which God’s existence is known outside the biblical source, specifically through the use of reason. There is general revelation without natural theology, but the effect of sin prevents the unbeliever from coming to the knowledge of God. The salvation of the individual through God’s general revelation can only be measured by faith.
- In what areas do we find God’s general revelation?
- Describe and evaluate the assumptions of natural theology
- What makes natural theology ineffective in bringing the Christian message to the unbeliever?
- How is humanity involved in the general revelation of God outside special revelation?