Can You Here Me Now?: The Finitude of Anthropology and the Need for God’s Revelation

The study of theological anthropology clearly demonstrates human limitations with respect to cognitive features. When compared with theology proper, these limitations stand in bold relief to God’s attributes. The incongruency provides an opportunity for a fresh examination of the difference between man’s ability to hear from God and what God did to speak to man. Evangelical theologian Lewis Drummond (d.2004) argued that revelation was the only way God, being suprarational (not irrational), could speak to man with cognitive success. God who is transcendent and infinite could not be perceived or understood redemptively with empirical, rational, or on an intuitive basis alone. His argument and the focus of this paper directs readers toward the role theological anthropology plays in the divine-human discourse. Therefore, this paper argues that if man’s rational mind was to hear from God, God’s revelation must be both personal and propositional.

To achieve this argument, the paper, first, explores the limits of man and the epistemological bases that fail to account for metaphysical realities. This section will demonstrate man’s ineptitude to ascend to God apart from God’s divine intervention.

Second, this paper will investigate Drummond’s thesis on God’s suprarationality in contradistinction to man’s limits to perceive the divine. This section will show how God revealed Himself both personally and propositionally to reach those made in His image.

Third, this paper will draw specific application to a theology of evangelism which a) demonstrates man’s proclivity toward sin and need for redemption and b) provides the basis for the evangelistic message.

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