2008 EPS Papers (Stump)

November 20, 2008
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J. B. Stump

Natural Theology Stripped of Modernism

Abstract: This paper examines the difference in natural theology (and more specifically, the methodology in natural theology) from the Middle Ages in which Anselm’s dictum credo ut intelligam held sway, with that of the modern period after Descartes’ cogito ergo sum. There are lessons to be learned from both. Ultimately I claim that the non-modern (I’ll not say “post-modern”) approach is the Church’s more appropriate witness to the Truth in the arena of nature. Various objections to this position are considered.