chapter  5
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Immediacy and Reformed Models of Natural Theology

This chapter explains the epistemic contribution of inference and clarifying the inferential presuppositions of natural theology; both of which will be essential to subsequent argumentation. Inference augments the immediate natural knowledge of God if it provides knowledge of theistic propositions that are not immediately known. Inference provides its own stock of knowledge of God, which augments, refines, or confirms the immediate knowledge of God. Inference could add a degree of warrant to some immediately warranted theistic belief that pushes it over the boundary that separates true belief from knowledge. The pre-dogmatic model of natural theology seems to be in a slightly different position than these other functions of natural theology. If there is a good Reformed objection to natural theology it will have to be grounded in considerations other than the alleged immediacy of the natural knowledge of God.