Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Divinity (M.Div)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

Erwin Luecker

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

John 12:27-29; Genesis 1: 1-29; Genesis 19:3; Genesis 2:4-19; Genesis 20:4; Genesis 3:15; Genesis 3:31; Genesis 4:1; Genesis 4:10; John 8:58;


This paper concerns itself with several approaches to a secular understanding of religious belief and deals briefly with the more or less explicit challenge they offer to the notion that there is in fact a God which communicates to man. This problem emerged for me as I encountered religious phenomenology and structuralism for the first time this year, and noted the obvious challenge they pose to traditional dogma. The answer I offer is one I really had not set out to achieve: a tentative acceptance of the results of these programs in the light of the system of Teilhard, the heuristic wealth of whose ideas I also began to appreciate this year.

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