Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Terminology Tuesday: General Revelation

General revelation: Term used for the knowledge about God that he makes possible through the natural world, including general religious experiences of awe and dependence. Defenders of general revelation have usually claimed that it is sufficient only to give us knowledge of the existence of a powerful Creator, though some have argued that the goodness of God can also be seen in the natural order. General revelation is distinguished from the special revelation God has provided on particular occasions in history through the prophets, apostles and supremely (for Christians) Jesus of Nazareth. Special revelation provides more concrete knowledge of the character and actions of God in relation to his creation.1

1. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 49.

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  1. Ex N1hilo April 23, 2013

    Everyone knows about the Creator and Judge from general revelation. This is clear from Romans chapter 1 and other passages. But the knowledge of God as Savior comes only from special revelation. The gospel is found only there.