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The Power of Reality

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/10.1093/0195151895.003.0004

Series: An American Academy of Religion Book

 The Power of Reality

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Torrance's realism is characterized by his idea of compulsion, which, in turn, is strongly based on his Barthian interpretation of Calvin's doctrine of election. Reality compels us to know itself because rationality in nature and in human beings is based on Christ the Logos as the One chosen by God. Torrance's theologically reasoned realism has one serious threat, dualism, a paradigmatic way of perceiving reality, which is seen as consisting of two principles with a relationship either distorted or totally missing. The roots of Torrance's understanding lie in his interpretation of Arius’ Christology in which the human aspect overruns the divine one in Christ's Person. From these premises Torrance criticizes Isaac Newton's dualistic anti‐Trinitarianism and finds there the reason for the rise of determinism and for the eclipse of contingency.

Keywords: Arius; Christology; contingency; determinism; dualism; election; Newton; rationality

Chapter.  27075 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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