History and general revelation


As my posts concerning the work of both Douglas Campbell and Samuel V. Adams show, I am not convinced by their apocalyptic theology.  I like the idea of apocalyptic that stresses that God’s salvation is not just about the individual “going to heaven” but about something cosmic.

The apocalyptic theologians seem to agree with that.  But they go further and call for a theology that excludes any revelation that is not directly related to special revelation in Jesus.  Especially, they do not think history is where God gets revealed.  This is part of their rejection of the category of general revelation.  (Reformed theology has often treated God’s self disclosure under the two categories, special revelation and general revelation.)

Rather than continuing to critique their views, I want to just clarify and defend my view that God does reveal his character and grace in history, particularly the history of Israel.


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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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