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Natural theology, or the study of God's existence and attributes as known by the light of natural reason and apart from supernatural revelation. Its main focus is to vindicate God's goodness and providence in spite of the evident evil in the universe. Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716) is credited with giving the name to natural theology, which was already known to the ancient Greeks.