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Title: Torrance's vision of the Trinity
Author: Dean, B. T. F.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2005
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Commentary on major themes and characteristic focuses is combined with an evaluative proposal generated, in part, by placing Torrance’s treatise in relation to the early statement of Karl Barth and, also, through positioning his perspectives with regard to certain prominent contemporary considerations. Sustained characteristics are thought to be Torrance’s free engagement with classical sources and teachers, combined with a unique strategy of conceptual supplementation. This unfolds by appeal to a quite particular patristic trajectory, as well as to the philosophy of science. The thesis is presented through the course of four chapters. The first chapter discusses two issues defining Torrance’s basic orientation: firstly, the interrelation of divine revelation and ecclesial worship in the original emergence and ongoing formulation of the doctrine of the Trinity, and, secondly, the nature of the theological language in particular connection with foraging of Trinitarian vocabulary. The second chapter addresses questions concerning the connections between Holy Scripture and Trinitarian theology. Moving through a consideration of the ontology of the biblical text, Torrance’s account of the Trinity as theological exegesis is examined with especial reference to the doctrine of the homoousion. This lays sufficient ground for reckoning with Torrance’s view of an organic interaction between economic and immanent Trinities by recourse to the notion of stratification. The third chapter deals with Torrance’s understanding of God’s one ‘being’ and three ‘persons’. The mutual provenance of these terms is analysed alongside a characteristic rendering of the determinative concepts perichoresis, ‘communion’ and ‘relation’. Following a critical outlining of controversial yet influential implications for the Monarchy and the Procession of the Holy Spirit, the interrelations of the ‘One’ and the ‘Three’ are then adumbrated at some length. The further chapter beings to think through Torrance’s virtually untouched account of God’s ‘unchangeableness’. Triune being and becoming and the question of divine suffering are seen to be exposed against a background of God’s dynamic self-consistency in love and freedom. Eschatological issues and questions of divine-human interchange here factor together in the individuality of Torrance’s redemptive-soteriological perspective.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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