natural theology


: theology deriving its knowledge of God from the study of nature independent of special revelation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This is a venerable problem, reaching far beyond natural theology. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 21 Mar. 2011 Rosalind’s work was instrumental in the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA; John Ray published important works on botany, zoology, and natural theology; and John Baird demonstrated the world's first live working television system. Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined above

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“Natural theology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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