Towards a new natural theology based on horizontal transcendence

Show simple item record Du Toit, Cornel W. (Cornelius Willem), 1953- 2015-09-11T05:03:47Z 2015-09-11T05:03:47Z 2009-08
dc.description.abstract This article explores a context for designing a new natural theology. The starting point is that traditional developments in this regard, from Augustine to Aquinas, Paley, Boyle and Barth, do not get us much further. Our thinking refl ects our world – a world which has changed dramatically under modern and postmodern infl uences, especially those of the sciences. A new natural theology is simply an account of nature and creatureliness with due regard to scientifi c advances. Consequently natural theology today must start ‘from below’ with a new anthropology that refl ects the worldview of our time. As a result the article rejects absolute transcendence, replacing it with a horizontal transcendence that accords with humans’ biological makeup and with presentday scientifi c thinking. In the framework of horizontal transcendence the pivotal problem of the human condition is no longer death, but life. This has radical implications for theological thinking. The example used in the article is the impact this has on Paul’s theological method. Examples of theology centring on the problem of life are discussed briefl y with reference to Girard, Žižek and Vattimo. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Du Toit, C.W., 2009,‘Towards a new natural theology based on horizontal trancendence’, HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 65(1),Art. #186, 8 pages. DOI:10.4102/hts.v65i1.186. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v65i1.186
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dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2009. The Authors. Licensee: OpenJournals Publishing. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject New natural theology en_ZA
dc.subject Traditional developments en_ZA
dc.subject Modern and postmodern influences en_ZA
dc.title Towards a new natural theology based on horizontal transcendence en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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