Owen, thus, represents a full-fledged Reformed orthodoxy on this matter. There are others, such as Johann Heinrich Alsted, Stephen Charnock, Herman Witsius, and Petrus Van Mastricht. Yet, any differences between them would be mostly accidental and not relevant to the overall point of the present essay.
Turretin… no doubt understood natural theology in relationship to the covenant of works and the covenant of grace.
Franciscus Junius construes the state of man in a twofold manner when he writes that there are “two states of men, namely, the state of integrity when he was created by God and the state of corruption arising from man’s fall by his own choice.”
“In attestation of his wondrous wisdom, both the heavens and the earth present us with innumerable proofs…” ~ John Calvin
Henry Bullinger, an English contemporary of John Calvin and influencer of the English Reformation, connects the significance of natural theology to God’s revelation in Scripture.
The productivity of debate centered around the aforementioned issues depends on definitions. There are three main terms in question throughout this essay: natural theology, covenant of works, and covenant of grace.
There are massive implications for asserting an immediate knowledge of the divine, rather than a derivative knowledge through one medium or another.
“But that’s natural revelation, not natural theology.”
In order to prove natural theology false, one would need to use natural theology.
The Particular Baptists would distinguish themselves from the Anabaptists in several ways. But one significant characteristic adopted by the Particular Baptists distinguishing themselves from the inherently communistic ideology of the Anabaptists is found in…