A Christian Natural Theology


Can the existence and, if so, the nature of God be known independent of specific religious experiences? The answer “yes” and attempts to vindicate it are known traditionally as “natural theology.” Alfred North Whitehead was perhaps the last of the “grand style” metaphysicians, more fascinating because he was an acknowledged master mathematician, formal logician, and philosopher of science. Whitehead is the starting point for the natural theology of the book under review—but the result is a composite of Whitehead and the author. John B. Cobb Jr. offers a summary-supplement to Whitehead as an alternative to contemporary trends. It amounts to a religious redefinition of secular experience.

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