PDC Homepage

Home » Products » Purchase

Philosophia Christi

Volume 21, Issue 1, 2019

20th Anniversary Edition

Myron Bradley Penner
Pages 199-206
DOI: 10.5840/pc201921118

The Unknown Mover (Or, How to Do “Natural” Theology in a Postmodern Context)
A Review Essay

Andrew Shepardson contends in Who’s Afraid of the Unmoved Mover that the combined postmodern objections of Carl A. Raschke, James K. A. Smith, and me, to natural theology, fail. Here I focus only on the issue of idolatry and natural theology, as one way of demonstrating a fundamental inadequacy characteristic of Shepardson’s rebuttal of postmodern challenges to evangelical appropriations of natural theology. I argue that contrary to Shepardson’s contention, Acts 17 does not support evangelical appropriations of natural theology, but operates with a view of reason consistent with my postmodern one and opens postmodern possibilities for understanding natural revelation.