Speidell born 31 July 1957 is a professional theologian, independent scholar, and private tutor. Revelation, Scripture and Mystical Apprehension of Divine Knowledge'. Torrance Theological Fellowship, Annual Meeting 2004; with Response by Elmer M. Colyer, How to Read, p. Implications of thought Torrance's scientific theology could be especially helpful today in the debate over whether election constitutes God's triunity or whether the triune God eternally elects us without exhausting his being in his actions for us as Creator, Reconciler and Redeemer. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2008.
To introduce Torrance 1913—2007 , a full biography of the man and his life is not in order. Past event and Present Salvation: The Christian Idea of Atonement. Particular attention is paid to the important role played by Torrance in the English-language reception of the theology of Karl Barth, and to his pioneering engagement with the relation between theology and science. His uncle, Ronald Wallace, was Professor of Biblical Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary. The Torrance family soon included: Thomas Spear Torrance who was born on 3 July 1947 and is now an economist and philosopher of science at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh; who was born on 13 January 1949 and the former President of Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey and Professor of Patristics; and Alison Meta Elizabeth Torrance who was born on 15 April 1951 and is now a medical doctor in general practice in Edinburgh. Journal article 2010 Alasdair I.
Torrance is simply wrapped up in its beautiful rationality and intricacy. Torrance, who is generally considered to have been one of the most significant theologians writing in English during the twentieth century, with a view toward showing how his theological method and all his major doctrinal views were shaped by his understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. He shows how modern relativity and quantum theories have once againd rawn attention to the significance of contingence, and imply that the universe is found to be consistently rational only if it is dependent on a creative rationality beyond it. God as the Mystery ofthe World. Theology, as a science, like all other sciences, pays particular attention—and creates its methods—in light of its object, namely, Jesus Christ. Molnar, Professor of Systematic Theology at St.
James Torrance was educated in Edinburgh, receiving First class degrees in Philosophy for which he was also awarded Senior Medals in moral philosophy, logic and metaphysics and Theology. His contributions in this area led to observe that many of those theologians he studied did not seem bothered by the fact that they had no first-hand knowledge of the method and norms of natural science, but wrote about science nonetheless! This combination of sense experience perception and mental categories conception prevented man from ever coming into contact with the inner nature or reality of the things the Ding an sich with which he came into contact. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2016. It should also be noted that there is much in Torrance's writing that could form the basis for significant fraternal dialogue between Christians and Jews. My desire has been to be accurate in my description of his theology concerning this issue and fair concerning my assessment of his work. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library, Box 10. He was Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen.
Albert Einstein and the Frontiers ofPhysics. Torrance, Calvin's Commentaries, The Acts of the Apostles 14-26, translated by J. This was not without its precarious moments as when he was sentenced to death in Basra Iraq , accused of being a spy. Of particular interest is Torrance's lectureships in America, ironically at liberal institutions. The point being that man could know nothing without some kind of revelation. Dualism is guilty of separating things that ought to belong together.
Torrance grew up reading the bible through each year. The Margaret Harris Lectures, Dundee, 1970 Theology and Science at the Frontiers of Knowledge, vol 1. This integration of doctrine began for Torrance with the Nicene homoousion the fact that the eternal Son was and is one in being with the Father and Spirit in eternity and with us by virtue of the incarnation , and included the doctrines of the , , , , , , the Church and the Sacraments as well as a theology of ordained Ministry. He began studying in Edinburgh in 1931 focusing on classics and philosophy. Torrance is widely regarded as the most significant British academic theologian of the twentieth century. Webster of the University of Aberdeen. Torrance holds that Kant was in fact responding to a whole tradition, including Galileo, Newton, Locke and Descartes.
Torrance, Conflict and Agreement in the Church, Vol. He once said that if Jesus was just a man dying on a cross, then Christianity would be immoral, offering a picture of a vindictive God along with the image of a pagan human attempt to appease God through human sacrifice—a form of self-justification. Torrance, Tom Harpur, Godfrey Ridout, George B. Deddo, George MacDonald: A Devotional Guide to His Writings, The Devotional Library, ed. Chicago and Princeton -- Parish and Wartime Service, 1940-50 -- Oriel College, Oxford, 1939-40 -- Parish ministry: Alyth, 1940-3 -- War service: 1943-5 -- Parish ministry: from Alyth to Beechgrove, 1945-50 -- The call to New College, 1950 -- 5. Torrance, The Promise of Trinitarian Theology, pp. Why is it not possible to have a divine Word from God that is not equal to his being? In Scotland, he studied under Thomas F.
What we are saying holds true whether sin is in the picture or not. Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1980. Theology and science As indicated by the fact that he was awarded the in 1978, Torrance made singular contributions to the dialogue between science and theology. His parents were missionaries to China and fostered a deep piety and evangelistic zeal in the young Torrance. While he wrote many books and articles advancing his own study of theology, he also edited the translation of several hundred theological writings into English from other languages, including the English translation of the thirteen-volume, six-million-word of Swiss theologian , as well as New Testament Commentaries. List of Moderators of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is a complete list of Moderators of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland from the Reformation to the present day.