The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork (Psalm 119:1). With this reverberating tribute to God’s design, we learn that David, a man who had the special revelation of God through Moses, can also appreciate what it is that the natural order teaches about God. Many Christians today acknowledge God’s beauty in creation, but struggle to understand the full implications of such a natural theology. Others, being Protestants, are hesitant to fully embrace what they perceive to be a Catholic doctrine.
In this podcast, Steven Duby and Matthew Barrett discuss the necessity of natural theology for Christians today. By showing the eternal wisdom of God’s plan and his providential guiding hand in creation, they make the case for a robust, and biblical, natural theology. In doing so, they discuss general and special revelation using texts like Romans 1, Acts 17, and the Psalms. Additionally, they outline some of Aquinas’ essential work on natural theology and discuss some objections to it, notably those of Karl Barth.
Steven J. Duby is assistant professor at Grand Canyon University, where he teaches theology courses for undergraduates and seminary students. Dr. Duby is also a Senior Research Fellow at Phoenix Seminary. He is the author of Divine Simplicity: A Dogmatic Account (T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology, 2016). Duby lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Jodi, and their three children.
Matthew Barrett is the author of Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Baker). He is the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine and host of the Credo podcast. He is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.