The Prospects for 'Mediate' Natural Theology in John Calvin

Religious Studies 31 (1):53-68 (1995)
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In the present paper I consider the plausibility of a mediate natural theology in John Calvin. First, utilizing Robert Audi's distinction between 'episodically' and 'structurally' inferential beliefs, I show that a plausible case can be made for the compatibility of a mediate theology corresponding to both these forms of inferential belief with salient features of Calvin's theology. Second, I apply Calvin's view on arguments for Scripture to theistic belief and suggest a way of construing natural theology as an intra-faith practice aimed at satisfying the cognitive desideratum of reflective nationality -- a calvinistic project of fides quaerens intellectum



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