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Reality & Evangelical Theology: The Realism of Christian Revelation

Reality & Evangelical Theology: The Realism of Christian Revelation

Thomas F. Torrance

| Wipf & Stock | 2003

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T. F. Torrance is widely recognized as one of our most important twentieth-century theologians. Scholars of Torrance suggest that Reality & Scientific Theology is one of his most accessible works.

Torrance’s insights on Christian epistemology are remarkably relevant in light of recent discussions on realism and anti-realism in philosophy and theology. Torrance brilliantly sets forth no naive or even critical realism, but rather an evangelical realism—knowledge grounded in the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. He not only constructively argues the case for an evangelical realism but compares and contrasts theological knowledge with natural scientific knowledge, and shows how the Bible can function authoritatively in a fragmented church.

This edition of Reality and Evangelical Theology includes an in-depth foreword that contextualizes Torrance’s seminal theological work in light of recent debates over postmodern and postcritical hermeneutics to Scripture. It will handsomely repay engagement (or reengagement) by theologians, philosophers, students and thoughtful pastors.

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).