The Weidner Institute is offering the following seminar on Thursday April 16th from 8:00-10:00pm EST through Zoom.
The cost is $12.00. To reserve a spot, you must both pay via PayPal below, and also register with your email on our Google Form here so that we can send you a link.
Aquinas and Gerhard on Our Natural Knowledge of God
Taught by Dr. Nathan Greeley (Fellow of Apologetics and Philosophical Theology)
Often Luther’s Reformation is pitted against the thought of the Middle Ages, and there is much truth to this characterization. But it is not the whole story. Many elements of medieval philosophy and theology were retained by the Lutheran Reformers, and this inheritance only came to be more appreciated and utilized as time went on. In this seminar we will look at the thought of two monumental figures who provide clear and substantial evidence of this relationship—the medieval theologian St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) and the Lutheran theologian Johann Gerhard (1582-1637). Specifically, we will be examining and comparing what they have to say about our natural knowledge of God. As such, this investigation will cover what these two great theologians teach us about the following topics:
-the difference between natural and revealed knowledge of God
-sources of our natural knowledge of God
-the consequences of the fall regarding our natural knowledge of God
-arguments or proofs for the existence of God
-the uses or applications of our natural knowledge of God
Anyone with an interest in Lutheran theology, historical theology, or apologetics is encouraged to participate.