The Westminster Confession speaks of “the light of nature” in several places (WCF 1.1; 1.6; 10.4; 20.4; 21.1). It says that men may frame their lives according to the light of nature, that some things in the worship of God and Church government are to be ordered by it and that some opinions and practices are contrary to the light of nature. The light of nature also shows that there is a God and manifests his wisdom, goodness and power.
What exactly is the light of nature, and what does it include?
As may be expected, Westminster was drawing upon a whole body of literature before them which answered these questions in some detail. 16 theses delineating the extent and limits of the light of nature, and its relationship to the light of grace, has been newly translated from the early-1600’s, German, reformed divine, Henry Alting.
These propositions will be a fountain of truth and wisdom to you, if you consider them well.
Alting, Henry – ‘A Disputation on the Light of Nature’ trans. T. Fentiman (1628; RBO, 2022) 2 pp. 16 theses