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Announcing the 2018 Keynote Lecture:

Professor Jeremy Begbie, Duke University

"Incarnation, Creation and New Creation: What T. F. Torrance offers to a Theological Re-visioning of the Arts"

Torrance's immense contribution to the theology-science interaction could lead us to assume his work is of little relevance to the arts. Certainly, references to the arts are few and far between in his writings. However, Begbie will argue that his Christological and trinitarian integration of creation and new creation is of immense significance for the current dialogue between theology and the arts, opening up a much-needed way between an undisciplined aestheticism on the one hand, and a knee-jerk iconoclasm on the other.

Hold the date: Friday November 16, 2018.

President's Letter from Thomas A. Noble, April, 2018

Dear Members,

The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed!

I write on Easter morning. We have just been to church here in Menlo Park, California, in the middle of Silicon Valley, and these ancient words sounded out again in a full church, celebrating the resurrection...
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Participatio 2017 now available:

Volume 7: "Science, Epistemology and Natural Theology"
Download Complete volume (pdf).
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All Participatio issues...

Torrance at Christianity Today

In December, 2017, Daniel J. Cameron, member of the TFTTF and author of Flesh and Blood, contributed an article "Thomas F. Torrance" to the Christian History section of Christianity Today.

New: Web Forms

Web Survey form
Member Profile form
Publication form
Explanatory handout

The 2018 Firbush Torrance Retreat

Firbush Point Field Centre, Loch Tay, 13-15 June 2018
3:00 pm Wednesday (arrive 11:30 a.m.) - 2.00 pm Friday

Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Begbie. 4 sessions, "Music and Theology: what can they learn from each other?"
Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology, Duke Divinity School, Duke University.
Previously: Associate Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge; and Honorary professor, Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, University of St Andrews.

Dr. Gary Deddo, USA, "Creation and Incarnation"
Dr. Robert Walker, Edinburgh, "Torrance and the Incarnation of the Word"

Flyer. Detailed Program.

Cost: Residential £140, (students and E.U. staff £120); E.U. students £110.
Early bird discounts (15th April) £12.
Day visitors (including meals) £35 (students £30).
Booking & enquiries: Bob Walker 0131 228 6431

Reader's Guide / Bibliographies
Call for Materials

To assist scholars new to the Torrance tradition, the website now offers in web format Elmer Colyer's Reader's Guide to the works of T. F. Torrance. It is reposted here with the kind permission of Participatio.

The Reader's Guide is enhanced with "McGrath numbers" to facilitate searching in the new "Sources Bibliography." The Sources bibliography is now released in "beta," meaning that it will be frequently revised over the coming months. The "Studies Bibliography" will be released in "beta" sometime this Fall. Both will remain in "beta" until a new website, planned for implementation in late 2018, will integrate them with the Reader's Guide and support member input, discussion and tagging.

See the following pages about the Sources and Studies bibliographies:
Bibliographies home page
The Sources Bibliography as a Research Tool
Bibliographies FAQ
McGrath Number FAQ
Wanted List
Software Explanation
Development of the Sources Bibliography

Call for Materials
Do you have an unpublished, obscure or hard-to-locate item related to Thomas F. Torrance, James B. Torrance, or David W. Torrance? We are collecting and gathering materials in any format.

President's Letter from Thomas A. Noble, March, 2017

Dear Members,

"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...."
Read the rest of the President's letter...

T.F. Torrance Retreat, June 2017

Jesus in incarnation and resurrection

Firbush Point Field Centre, Loch Tay, 14-16 June 2017
4.30 pm Wednesday - 2.00 pm Friday


Rev Prof Trevor Hart, "Creation, Eucharist and New Creation"
Rev David Torrance, "New Creation: Romans 8; 2 Corinthians 5"
Dr David Thistlethwaite, "Beauty in Creation and Faith"
Dr Robert Walker, "Creation and New Creation in T.F. Torrance"
Prof Thomas Noble, "Christ and Human Response"

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Participatio 2016 now available:

VOLUME 6 (2016): "T. F. Torrance and Ecclesiology"
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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 17, 2017, in Boston, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion.

Building upon Thomas F. Torrance and the Church Fathers (Wipf & Stock, 2014) and presenting ideas and arguments found in the forthcoming Thomas F. Torrance and the Reformed-Orthodox Dialogue (Wipf & Stock, forthcoming 2018), this paper presents a critical examination of the Reformed-Orthodox Ecumenical Dialogue spearheaded by T. F. Torrance in the late 1980s....

More information is posted on the Annual meeting 2017 page. For past meetings, see the TFT annual meetings page.


Just published:

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).
Available at: Fortress Press | Amazon

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)


New recordings!

Audio and Video Recordings of T.F. Torrance Theological Fellowship Annual Meetings are now available at:

Including the 2016 Annual Meeting:

For a complete list, see the Annual Meetings page.


Just published:

Todd Speidell (author), Fully Human in Christ: The Incarnation as the End of Ethics (2016).
Available at: Wipf & Stock | Amazon

Todd Speidell (editor), Trinity and Transformation: J.B. Torrance's Vision of Worship, Vision and Society (2016).
Available at: Wipf & Stock | Amazon

  • With essays by: Alan J. Torrance; Jeremy Begbie; Murray Rae; Alasdair Heron; Michael Jinkins; Kerry Dearborn; Tim Dearborn; Graham Redding; R. Scott Rodin; Alexandra Radcliff; C. Baxter Kruger; Robert C. Doyle; Andrew B. Torrance; Roger Newell; Jeff McSwain; Douglas A. Campbell; Jeannine Michele Graham; Gary W. Deddo and Stephen May.

Matthew Baker & Todd Speidell (co-editors), T. F. Torrance & Eastern Orthodoxy: Theology in Reconciliation (2015).
Available at: Wipf & Stock | Amazon


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

Guest Lecturer

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.

Lecture Description

"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.


Theology in Scotland journal special issue on
T. F. Torrance's lectures, Now Available

Thomas F Torrance


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