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Torrance's Thought in Outline

Tapio Luoma

in Incarnation and Physics

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151893
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834419 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151895.003.0002

Series: An American Academy of Religion Book

 Torrance's Thought in Outline

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Torrance's theological basis lies deep in the Reformed tradition, in the thinking of both Jean Calvin and Karl Barth. Partly because of his extensive ecumenical activity, Torrance has made important contributions in patristics and especially in the Trinitarian theology. Torrance's view on the relationship between theology and the natural sciences is characterized by his periodization in which the history of Western thinking is divided into three phases, those of the Ptolemaic, Newtonian, and Einsteinian cosmology. His efforts to give a personal and markedly Christian face to the philosophical, neutral concept of God can be regarded as an answer to the problem of ”the God of the gaps.”

Keywords: Karl Barth; Jean Calvin; cosmology; ecumenical activity; God of the gaps; patristics; periodization; Trinitarian theology

Chapter.  7925 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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