What is it about?

This review is offered to help readers see that objections to natural theology (in this case aimed at Aquinas) are not in sync with Scripture, nature, philosophical theology, historic Reformation teaching or a broad catholic consensus even before Aquinas.

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Why is it important?

The intelligibility of nature has given rise to a several millennia long development of natural theology. Natural theology is important for defending the Christian faith. That is its apologetic purpose. It is also useful for what has been called pre-evangelism and for strengthening the believer’s confidence in the claims of Christianity. These are its instructive purposes. After addressing hesitations about natural theology, I suggest a few resources for learning more about positive uses of natural theology.


Writing this review has been valuable for discerning our need to communicate more effectively about the goods in natural theology. Despite my strong critique of ‘The Failure of Natural Theology’ it is with appreciation for the author’s labors I examined the book. I trust readers will find encouragement in their study of natural theology for questions related to faith and reason.

Mark Olivero
The Davenant Institute

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This page is a summary of: The Failure of Natural Theology: A Critical Appraisal of the Philosophical Theology of Thomas Aquinas , by Jeffrey D. Johnson, Evangelical Quarterly An International Review of Bible and Theology, June 2022, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/27725472-09302015.
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