(1) the human reason, conditioned by a right attitude of the feelings and the will;
(2) in the light of all the truth derived from nature, including man;
(3) in the light of the history of Christianity;
(4) in the light of the origins and development of the Scriptures themselves. The authority of the generic reason and the authority of the Bible are co- relative, since they both have been developed in the providence of God, and since the latter is in large: measure but the reflection of the former. ?This view enables us to hold a rational conception of the function of the Scripture in religion. This view, further, enables us to rationalize what is called the inspiration of the Bible, the nature and extent of inspiration, the Bible as history ? a record of the historic unfolding of revelation; the Bible as literature ? a compendium of life principles, rather than a book of rules; the Bible Christocentric ? an incarnation of the divine thought and will in human thought and language.?
(d) The Theology of Scripture Not Unnatural ? Though we speak of the systematized truths of nature as constituting natural theology, we are not to infer that Scriptural theology is unnatural. Since the Scriptures have the same author as nature, the same principles are illustrated in the one as in the other. All the doctrines of the Bible have their reason in that same nature of God, which constitutes the basis of all material things. Christianity is a supplementary dispensation, not as contradicting, or correcting errors in, natural theology, but as more perfectly revealing the truth. Christianity is indeed the ground plan upon which the whole creation is built ? the original and eternal truth of which natural theology is but a partial expression. Hence the theology of nature and the theology of Scripture are mutually dependent. Natural theology not only prepares the way for, but it receives stimulus and aid from, Scriptural theology. Natural theology may now be a source of truth, which, before the Scriptures came, it could not furnish.
John Caird, Fund. Ideas of Christianity, 23 ? ?There is no such thing as a natural religion or religion of reason distinct from revealed religion. Christianity is more profoundly, more comprehensively, rational, more accordant with the deepest principles of human nature and human thought than is natural religion; or as we may put it, Christianity is natural religion elevated and transmuted into revealed.? Peabody, Christianity the Religion of Nature, lecture 2,^?Revelation is the unveiling, uncovering of
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