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Title: Union in Christ : an articulation of the theology of T.F. Torrance
Author: Lee, Kye Won
ISNI:       0000 0004 2711 936X
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2000
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T.F. Torrance is the most consistent evangelical theologian of this century. The architectonic beauty of his thought is coherently maintained throughout his theology. Torrance's theology is formally trinitarian, materially Christological, and actualistically pneumatological. The inner structure of his theology reveals three concepts that revolve around an axis of union and communion: perichoresis, unio hypostatica and koinonia. The Person of Christ is the center of this union and communion, so that the fundamental heart of his theology is "union in Christ" and "union with Christ." This thesis shows a thoroughgoing synopsis and articulation of Torrance's theology on a scale which has not been attempted before. The central claim is that the way of Christ's incarnational union with us, union in Christ, is the way of our union with Christ. These are not two separate unions, but two moments of the one event in a continuous circle of relation. "Union with Christ" does not mean a second act of incorporation in addition to the one worked out by Christ himself, but it means the subjective and eschatological realization of what is objectively and ontologically realized in Jesus Christ. The meaning of union with Christ is given by its higher-level reference to union in Christ. Torrance's central theme of "union with Christ" is established in his Christology and soteriology, and is confirmed by his epistemology, and bears great fruits in his ecclesiology and sacramentology. This intrinsic Christological pattern runs through the entire structure of his theology. No one since Calvin has deployed this theme of union with Christ more thoroughly and effectively than Torrance. It is this understanding of union in Christ and union with Christ which acts as the guiding vision for his epistemology, hermeneutics, his critique of dualism, his understanding of the Person of Christ, the atonement, and the relation between Christ and the Church; and hence his views of faith, election, justification, sanctification, regeneration, worship, preaching, ministry, the Sacraments, eschaton, and so on. The recovery of such an understanding of union with Christ may provide critical and constructive implications for the theological, ecclesiastical and liturgical renewal of the Church.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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