1st Edition

Divine Revelation and the Sciences Essays in the History and Philosophy of Revelation

Edited By Balázs M Mezei Copyright 2025
    248 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides an in-depth analysis of the relationship between the sciences and the concept of divine revelation. It includes a historical overview of the notion of revelation, its role in scientific debates over the centuries, and current challenges in light of non-religious and especially non-revelational proposals. The volume emphasizes that discussions of divine revelation cannot be limited to theology alone but must also involve scientific and philosophical approaches. The contributions examine methodological, ethical, and theoretical questions related to the sciences. The main argument is that divine revelation not only played a historical role in shaping our understanding of knowledge but is also present in contemporary scientific endeavours and will continue to be important in the future.  Divine revelation is considered to be a critical element of human existence that cannot be avoided in any scientific context. The book will be relevant to scholars of theology and philosophy, particularly those interested in religion and science.

    List of Contributors


    Chapter I: Introduction (Balázs M. Mezei)

    Chapter II: Apocalyptic and the Sciences (Ida Fröhlich)

    Chapter III: Science, Revelation and Biblical Dualism (Ralph Stefan Weir)

    Chapter IV: Islam: Reason within Revelation (Miklós Maróth)

    Chapter V: Astronomy and Revelation: A New Look into Zúñiga’s Works (Miklós Vassányi)

    Chapter VI: Reason, The Only Oracle of Man (Paul Richard Blum)

    Chapter VII: Beyond Reason and Necessity: Schelling’s Overcoming of Natural Theology (István Czakó)

    Chapter VIII: God’s Self-Revelation through the Pure Perfections (Josef M. Seifert)

    Chapter IX: The ‘True’ in Music: Revelation of a Dual Nature (Alpaslan Ertüngealp)

    Chapter X: Revelation and Sociology: Disenchantments and Reenchantments of Social Reality (Zoltán Hidas)

    Chapter XI: Second-personal Phenomenology and Revelation (Mikolaj Slawkowski-Rode)

    Chapter XII: The Cosmic Authority Problem and the Question of Revelation (Brendan Purcell)

    Chapter XIII: The Relevance of Revelation in the Sciences (Balázs M. Mezei)

    Chapter XIV: Sciences and the Future of Revelation (Agnieszka Lekka-Kowalik)

    Appendix: A Venn Diagram of the Relationship between Divine Revelation and the Sciences (Balázs M. Mezei)




    Balázs M. Mezei is Full Professor of Philosophy at Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. He is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Divine Revelation.