First Advisor

Kloos, Kari

Second Advisor

Howe, J. Tom


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

69 pages


This thesis was written to answer the question of whether or not the God portrayed in the Old Testament could be considered loving and rational. The thesis progresses by examining Augustine's Theory of Dispensationalism, Calvin's Theory of Divine Accommodation, and Aquinas' Theory of the Reflection of the Wise Men. After an examination of these various theories, the thesis then explores the question of what the Old Testament has to say about interpretation and the use of reason as a hermeneutical tool. Finally, the thesis ends by elucidating several foundational principles known through reason about God that can be used as a simple standard to begin a rational critique of the Old Testament. Care is taken throughout the thesis to ensure that reason does not replace the indispensable role of revelation within the life of faith. The thesis concludes that it is indeed possible to believe that the God portrayed in the Old Testament is compatible with a loving and rational image of God.

Date of Award

Spring 2014

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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