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President's Letter from Thomas A. Noble, March, 2017
"Jesus Christ is not content once to have died for us and to have taken our place on the Cross. He insists on lodging permanently within us, within each of us, and within us as a Church."
These words of T.F. Torrance have struck me as I meditate on a sermon I have to preach in a few weeks on Galatians 2:20...."
T.F. Torrance Retreat, June 2017
CREATION & NEW CREATION
Firbush Point Field Centre, Loch Tay, 14-16 June 2017
Rev Prof Trevor Hart, "Creation, Eucharist and New Creation"
Participatio 2016 now available:
We are pleased to announce the 2016 issue of Participatio, with a feature article by W. Travis McMaken: "ACTUALISM, DUALISM, AND ONTO-RELATIONS: Interrogating Torrance's Criticism of Barth's Doctrine of Baptism."
Other contributions by: Kate Dugdale, Albert L. Shepherd V, Christian D. Kettler, Don J. Payne, Kevin Chiarot, Sandra Fach Brower, Stanley S. MacLean, and Gergö Kovács. Plus 10 reviews and two addresses by Angus Morrison and Todd Speidell.
Annual Meeting, 2017
We are pleased to announce that the T. F. Torrance Theological Fellowship Annual Lecture in 2017 will be given by Jason Radcliff, Ph. D. (The University of Edinburgh), on "The Patristic Foundations of the Reformed-Orthodox Ecumenical Dialogue."
Mark your calendar for Friday, Nov 16, 2017, in Boston, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion. More information will be posted soon on the Annual meeting 2017 page. For past meetings, see the TFT annual meetings page.
Geordie W. Ziegler (author), Trinitarian Grace and Participation: An Entry into the Theology of T. F. Torrance, Emerging Scholars Series, Foreword by John Webster (2017).
Geordie W. Ziegler offers an exploration of the concept of "grace" in the thought of T. F. Torrance, and what it means for understanding the Christian life as "participation" in Christ's ongoing humanity. He clarifies Torrance's claim that Christ's vicarious humanity intensifies, rather than lessens, the necessity of human response to God in sacrificial and Christ-like service. Specifically, Ziegler demonstrates the centrality of Torrance's concept of grace across the dogmatic spectrum and argues that grace, for Torrance, is a downward, twofold movement from and to the Father, through the Son in the Spirit. This understanding of grace distinctly defines the Christian life as the gift of sharing in the Son's relation with the Father through the Spirit... (continue reading on the Fortress Press website)
Audio and Video Recordings of T.F. Torrance Theological Fellowship Annual Meetings are now available at:
For a complete list, see the Annual Meetings page.
T&T Clark Cornerstones series
T&T Clark are reprinting the best of their back catalogue and publishing them in a Cornerstones series, with critical introductions added to each. Paul Molnar is doing the intro to T.F. Torrance's Christian Doctrine of God and Myk Habets is doing the intro to his The Trinitarian Faith. Go to T&T Clark
Annual Meeting, 2016
We are pleased to announce that our guest speaker for our annual lecture series will be Prof. Alister McGrath. He will deliver a paper titled: “A Manifesto for Intellectual Engagement: Reflections on Thomas F. Torrance's Theological Science (1969).”
Prof. McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University. He was previously Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King's College London (2008-14), and Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University (1999-2008). He holds three earned doctorates from Oxford University in molecular biophysics, systematic theology, and intellectual history. He delivered the Bampton Lectures at Oxford in 1990, the Gifford Lectures at Aberdeen in 2009, and the Hulsean Lectures at Cambridge in 2009-10. He is the author of the international bestseller The Dawkins Delusion?, and of many other books, including the well-received textbook Christian Theology: An Introduction, the sixth edition of which will be launched at AAR this year.
"This lecture explores T.F. Torrance's legacy to Christian theology, highlighting his remarkable and productive vision of theology as possessing the motivation and providing an intellectual capacity for serious intellectual engagement beyond the domain of theology itself. After reflecting on Torrance's significance as a whole, I will focus on his Theological Science (1969), which I read closely and intensely at three points in my life: in 1979-80, while I was a research student at Cambridge University; in 1997-8, as I researched my intellectual biography of Torrance; and in 2016, in preparing for this lecture. I shall reflect both on the theological significance of this work, as well as the different outcomes of my close readings on these three occasions, separated by nearly 40 years. I will also offer my personal reflections on why Torrance remains a significant theological voice, and try to explain what I found - and find - of value in him."
We have invited Dr. Greg S. Cootsona, Ph.D. Berkeley Graduate Theological Union, to offer a short response paper to Prof. McGrath's paper. Dr Cootsona is Lecturer in Religious Studies and Humanities at California State University at Chico. He also directs Science and Theology for Emerging Adult Ministries (or STEAM), funded by the John Templeton Foundation and housed at Fuller Theological Seminary. His books include Creation and Last Things: At the Intersection of Theology and Science (Geneva, 2002) and C. S. Lewis and the Crisis of a Christian (Westminster John Knox, 2014). He served for 18 years as Associate Pastor for Adult Discipleship at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico and Fifth Avenue Presbyterian in New York City.
Q & A
After a time of exchange between Prof. McGrath and Dr. Cootsona, we will have a time for Q & A from the audience.
All are welcome.
Go to the AAR website for the program listing.
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