Do revelation and reason contradict?
Throughout the church's history, Christians have been tempted to make revelation and reason mutually exclusive. But both are essential to a true understanding of the faith.
The inaugural Theology Connect conference--held in Sydney in July 2016--was dedicated to surveying the intersection of revelation and reason. In Revelation and Reason in Christian Theology, Christopher C. Green and David I. Starling draw together the fruit of this conference to provoke sustained, deep reflection on this relationship. The essays--filtered through epistemological, biblical, historical, and dogmatic lenses--critically and constructively contribute to this important and developing aspect of theology.
Each essayist approaches revelation and reason according to the psalmist's words: "In your light we see light" (Ps 36:9). The light of faith does not obscure truth; rather, it enables us to see truth.
1 "Let There Be Light": A Meditation on Biblical Narration and Divine Self-Disclosure Christopher C. Green 1
2 The Public Character of Revelation: Divine Speech and Finite Reason Daniel J. Treier 19
3 The Personal and Cultural Character of Reason: Christ's Triumph over Modern Technique Daniel J. Treier 37
4 Divine Revelation William J. Abraham 63
5 Ordering with Intent: Restoring Divine Order in Isaiah and Genesis Caroline Batchelder 90
6 "As to Sensible People": Human Reason and Divine Revelation in 1 Corinthians 8-10 David I. Starling 113
7 Figural Reading within Contemporary Theological Interpretation of Scripture Problems and Parameters Chase R. Kuhn 127
8 Meditation and Reason: Some Reflections on the Right Way to Happiness in God Christopher R. J. Holmes 145
9 A Mysterious Relationship?: Herman Bavinck on Revelation and Reason Bruce R. Pass 154
10 Discipleship on the Level of Thought: The Case of Karl Earth's Critique of the Religion of Revelation Chris Swann 166
11 Revelation and Reason: A Christological Reflection John McClean 182
12 Free Speech: Scripture in the Context of Divine Simplicity and Divine Freedom Steven J. Duby 204
13 Christ in Creation: Shortcut to Liberalism or a Neglected Truth? Andrew Moody 219
14 Revelation, Sola Scriptura, and Regenerate Human Reason Mark D. Thompson 232
Index of Names and Subjects 253