chapter  8
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The Dogmatic Model of Natural Theology

This chapter explains the notion of a dogmatic model of natural theology, that is, natural reasoning about the existence and nature of God carried out by the Christian within the context of dogmatic theology. The dogmatic model of natural theology presupposes that natural theistic arguments are the product of human reason as it operates in the regenerate mind. The dogmatic model of natural theology also presupposes the wider context of dogmatic theology where the Bible is regarded as the primary source of knowledge of God. The natural theology can depend on Scripture is by Scripture providing a justification for engaging in the project of developing theistic arguments. The appeal to Scripture to justify the project of developing arguments for God's existence is distinct from the use of Scripture to prove the existence or nature of God. The conclusion here is logically consistent with unregenerate people having some natural propositional knowledge of God by way of inference.