Puritan Board Graduate
I would say that one needs natural revelation/natural theology in order to care about Jesus and understand why he needed to come. Without it, all you have is someone claiming that you have to believe in him or order to be saved etc. Why should someone even care or even think that they are in need of salvation if there is no natural revelation/natural theology.
What specifically is there in natural revelation/natural theology which teaches me to care about Jesus?
The need for salvation and the bankruptcy of somehow earning it.
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We are not yet agreed upon reason, which generally can end up dying the death of a thousand qualifications.
I guess the point around which this discussion has revolved is "is reason self-existent" or "is it derived from something outside itself?" The next layer of discussion is "whether reason is self-existent or derived, what can unaided reason discover about God, without borrowing from Scripture?"
My stance has been that reason is derived and not self-existent (aseity), and that it can know nothing of significance about God apart from Scripture.
How are you defining, significance?