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Theological and Scientific World-Views

Thomas F. Torrance

in Divine and Contingent Order

Published in print July 1981 | ISBN: 9780198266587
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266587.003.0003
Theological and Scientific World-Views

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Natural science has always tended to generate a world-view or cosmology. Today, however, the situation is radically changed. On the one hand, the relentless pressure of its own inquiries has carried science to the very limits of being where it can no longer avoid the question as to initial conditions or the basic relation between concept and reality. On the other hand, there has steadily emerged through these inquiries an underlying conceptual unity in objective scientific knowledge ranging from micro-physical to astrophysical aspects of the universe. Because theology has to do with God and man, it operates only on the cosmological border where the universe of space and time is limited by the invisible transcendent reality of the divine. This chapter explores the implications of contingent order for the coordination of natural scientific and theological world-views by injecting back into the discussion at this point the notion of contingent freedom.

Keywords: universe; theological science; natural science; cosmology; reality; God; contingence

Chapter.  8762 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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