Christian theology makes a vital distinction between special and general revelation. Special revelation refers to those moments when God has communicated directly with the creatures he made. For Christians these moments include the inspiring of the Old and New Testament, the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses, the various theophanies when God manifested his presence on earth (the burning bush, Jacob’s ladder, the one “like a son of God” who stood beside Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego, etc.), and, supremely, in the incarnation of Christ.
General revelation, in contrast, refers to those moments in which God has made his presence known in less direct ways. Continue reading