Since the 1960s, philosophers and theologians have begun to give renewed attention to the kinds of issues that natural theology was intended to address. During the past decade, the interest has reached new heights. This collection of essays provides a sample of the current status of natural theology among scholars. The first three essays, by Kenneth Schmitz, James Ross and George I. Mavrodes clear away obstacles and lay the groundwork for a reconsideration of the arguments for the existence of God. Essays by Joseph J. Kockelmans, Fredrick Ferre and John D. Caputo focus on natural theology and the limits of knowledge. The last group of essays - written by W. Norris Clarke, S.J. Bowman Clarke, Ninian Smart, Eugene Thomas Long and Louis Dupre - provides alternative approaches to natural theology.
While contributors represent a range of theoretical bases, including Thomistic, Process, Continental and Anglo-American approaches, and often differ with regard to both the prospects and the role of natural theology, their contributions to this volume aim to provide a map of some of the primary routes currently taken to arrive at a theory of natural theology in the last decade of this century.