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The best writing is relevant for every age. C. S. Lewis reminded his readers that we must always read books from different eras, to avoid our own generation’s blind spots. These articles by Professor T. F. Torrance, Scotland’s world famous theologian, merit reading.

These particular articles focus on the topics of church and ministry in light of the gospel of Christ. They have been selected, first, because they illustrate how Torrance understood his work as an academic theologian to be the calling of an evangelist to the church and to the intellectual life of the day, and, second, because they are on the whole more accessible to the average reader. An introduction by Jock Stein relates the different chapters to Torrance’s overall work, the development of his thought, and to the events of his time.

Author Bio

Thomas F. Torrance (August 30,1913–December 2, 2007) was a Protestant Christian theologian and professor of Christian dogmatics for 27 years at the University of Edinburgh. Torrance was influential in the dialogue between science and theology.

He began studying in Edinburgh in 1931, focusing on classics and philosophy. At that time his own realist views of philosophy, theology, and morality started to develop, and they continued to do so as he moved to the study of theology at the Faculty of Divinity in 1934. From 1939 to 1940 Torrance studied at Oriel College, Oxford. He was ordained as minister on March 20, 1940.

He has authored several works, including Divine and Contingent OrderGround and Grammar of Theology, and The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons. Besides writing many books and articles, Torrance also translated several hundred theological writings into English from other languages, including the thirteen-volume, six-million-word Church Dogmatics of the Swiss theologian Karl Barth (co-edited with G.W. Bromiley).

 

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This title is also included as a part of the following collection

  1. Select Works of Thomas F. Torrance (21 vols.)