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1. What do you understand by the term “revelation”? I understand that “revelation” is introducing the unknown and most believe that God is doing the revealing. 2. Many theologians argue that theology is fundamentally an exposition of the revealed truths found in the Bible. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this approach? a. The strengths are that yes theology has fundamental statements in the Bible and are there to be followed or not followed. b. The weaknesses are that you cannot base life off words, you must go out and experience those statements yourself to understand your belief. 3. Why does Emil Brunner place such an emphasis upon truth as a personal notion? What points does he aim to make in this way> What criticisms might be directed against this position? Emil Brunner puts and emphasis upon truth as a personal notion because without personal notion you will not understand revelation. He aims to make that truth is not something permanent within the eternal world of ideas in a world that is communicated to us by revelation. He also makes the point that God is a person rather than object, and you cannot understand God without the data about God. Some criticize that it is not the full picture becauseit is an exclusive account of the nature of revelation so they argue, “Can you know somebody without knowing something about that person?” 4. What impact does the idea of the “two books” of divine revelation have for the relationship between Christian theology and the natural sciences? a. There are two modes of knowing God, through natural order and through scripture. The Scripture mode is clearer than natural order. Understanding both helps one build a strong relationship with theology and natural sciences. 5. Give a critical assessment of the issues lying behind the debate between Barth and Brunner about natural theology.Barth did not include room for natural theology in his theology methodology, because he thought that it would threaten the revelation. He made it a point that humans can speak to God,but their language consists of approximations that need to be corrected at every point. Brunner believed that humans are created in the image of God, while Barth thought that God did not have a point of contact on humans. 6. How would you assess the merits of the basic approaches to the relationship between the natural sciences and Christian theology noted in this chapter? The merits of the basic approaches help explain the relationship between the natural sciences and Christian theology. For one, to understand certain things in Christian theology you must experience them yourself. Through the merits of “natural theology” they all play a part in that experience. Since they all play a role in the experience theologians are never able to just pick one and use it they have to use multiple approaches to understand


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