revelation, special

revelation, special
   Special revelation is the revelation of God that comes to specific people at specific times. Christians believe that Christ is God's supreme self-revelation, but also that God has spoken to his people at various times in the past (and perhaps also in the present) through a mixture of prophets, Church tradition and the inspired Scriptures (there are different opinions over the weight to be accorded each of these). There are philosophical problems over what it means for God to reveal himself, whether a linguistic revelation can do any justice to him, and over whether prophetic predictions of human actions are compatible with the freedom of those actions.
   Further reading: Helm 1982; Wolterstorff 1995

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