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Natural theology, (once also termed physico-theology,) is a type of theology that provides arguments for the existence of God based on reason and ordinary experience of nature. This distinguishes it from revealed theology, which is based on scripture and/or religious experiences, and also from transcendental theology, which is based on a-priori reasoning.
JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novel is a modern epic. Many have wondered how one man managed to encapsulate the culture and history of an entire fantasy world and its people. In a number of ways, his success in this regard is due to his deep understanding of the process of sub-creation, and his deep love for the creation of fairy stories as he called them, not as a surface metaphor for things in our world, but as existing within a rich context of sub-created reality, consistent unto itself. Knowing this, its easy to see why the land of "Middle Earth" is a consistent and believable monotheistic world of Natural Theology demonstrated by its setting, races, and the plot of The Lord of the Rings.
In this episode, I explore why.