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HTS Theological Studies

versión On-line ISSN 2072-8050
versión impresa ISSN 0259-9422


CONRADIE, Ernst M.. Unravelling some of the theological problems underlying discourse on nature. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2020, vol.76, n.1, pp.1-9. ISSN 2072-8050.

This article offers an overview of various theological discourses on the concept of nature. These are illustrated with examples of contributions to reformed theology from within the South African context. It is argued that there is ample room for confusion to reign in the connotations attached to 'nature' and the underlying theological problems that emerge. Often such connotations are merely adopted from other disciplines. To juxtapose such discourses would not by itself help to overcome such confusion but is a necessary step in that direction. CONTRIBUTION: This article analyses the conflicting uses of the term 'nature' especially in reformed theological discourse in the South African context. It circumscribes the distinctive theological problems that emerge in each case without seeking to resolve them.

Palabras clave : Creation; Laws of nature; Natural evil; Natural law; Natural theology; Naturalistic Fallacy; Nature and grace; Nature conservation; Theology of nature.

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