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The Word of God and the Response of Man<sup>1</sup>

Thomas F. Torrance

in God and Rationality

Published in print May 2000 | ISBN: 9780192139481
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670077 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192139481.003.0006
The Word of God and the Response of Man1

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The Word of God refers not to how man has construed the notion of God, but rather God's Word as He himself speaks and lives it. As such, Word in this context represents the activity and personal mode attributed to God's Being. However, our notion of what the Word of God entails is limited to how it had been introduced to us, and it is this Word that had earned response through how we had been able to hear, understand, and live by the said Word. As such, we do not look at the components individually, but instead adopt a point of view in which man and God are conceived together towards creative self-communication which is initiated by God's Word. It is through this Word that God is able to create and maintain the different surrounding realities and certain relations with Him may be established.

Keywords: Word of God; God; God's Being; self-communication; response; man; realities; relations

Chapter.  11239 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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