Tolerance is a cheap, low-grade parody of love. Tolerance is not a great virtue to aspire to.
Love is much tougher and harder.
God wants to do new things, but the people through whom he will do these new things are people
who are bible people, prayer people, sacrament people and listening to the poor people.
N. T. Wright
Discerning the Dawn: History, Eschatology and New Creation
The Gifford Lectures 2018 at the University of Aberdeen
The question of 'natural theology' interlocks with the related questions of whether we can conceive of God acting in the world at all, as well as why, if God is God, evil persists in the world. Can specific events in history, like those reported in the Gospels, afford the necessary point from which to ask and answer such questions? Widely shared cultural and philosophical presumptions have conditioned our understanding of history in ways that truncate our epistemic horizons and make the idea of historical divine action problematic. But could better historical study itself win from ancient Jewish and Christian cosmology and eschatology a renewed account of knowledge by which to open up and reconsider the fundamental question of the relation of God and world for today?
Professor N.T. Wright argues that this can indeed be done. The eight lectures in this series develop a distinctive approach to natural theology grounded in an 'epistemology of love'. This approach arises from reflection upon the significance of the ancient concept of the 'new creation' for our understanding the reality of the world and the reality of God in relation to one another.