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|Title: ||The dogmatics lectures of T.F. Torrance : a critical edition with a commentary on their publication, background and place in the Torrance corpus|
|Authors: ||Walker, Robert T.|
|Supervisors: ||Holmes, Stephen R.|
|Issue Date: ||2011|
|Abstract: ||The purpose of the thesis was to edit for publication, with an accompanying commentary, the
text of the Thomas F. Torrance (1913-2007) dogmatics lectures at New College, Edinburgh from
1952-78. The commentary examines their background in his early intellectual development (from
upbringing to university graduation), focusing on his earliest lectures and publications (1938-42),
memoirs, interviews and other biographical information. When seen against their formative
background and in the light of his whole career, the lectures are opened up to illuminating new
perspectives on their significance, originality, content and place in his theology.
The commentary has four sections, a) on sources consulted and on Torrance’s general
intellectual development and formation of theological goals, b) on the development of his views on
the nature of rationality, including his early use of the ‘Christological analogy’ as the guiding
analogy of Christian theology, c) on Torrance’s use and innovative development of the key
concepts anhypostasis and enhypostasis, d) on the editing process with a full breakdown of the type
and scale of the work involved.
From the material uncovered, the commentary highlights three points as central conclusions:
(i) the intrinsic unity of Torrance’s work and career,
(ii) the constitutive importance of revelation in Jesus Christ for a proper view of reason,
(iii) the pivotal centrality of positive dogmatics.
Despite the seeming welter of criss-crossing interests, Torrance’s life has an intrinsic unity, centred
on the gospel and on understanding the ontological grounds for faith. His concern for rationality
stems from the nature of the gospel, the intelligible self-revelation of God in Christ engaging the
whole human person in transformation and conformity to the mind of Christ. Throughout all he did,
the gospel of Jesus Christ and its positive explication in ‘Trinitarian-Christocentric’ dogmatics
remained the central and ultimate focus of Torrance’s life and work.|
|Publisher: ||University of St Andrews|
|Appears in Collections:||Divinity Theses|
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