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Incarnation and Physics: Natural Science in the Theology of Thomas F. Torrance (Aar Academy Series) [Hardcover]

By Tapio Luoma (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   1.09 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 2002
Publisher   An American Academy of Religion Book
ISBN  0195151895  
EAN  9780195151893  

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The relationship between natural sciences and religion has fequently been hostile and confrontational While many have sought to bridge the divide between the two disciplines, few have been successful. Thomas F. Torrance, Professor Emeritus of Christian Dogmatics at the University of Edinburgh, is pehaps the most prominent theolgian to have taken seriously the challenge posed to theology by the natural sciences. He has constructed a thoroughly Christian model for interaction between the two disciplines, a model which does not begin from pure philosophical presuppositions but from the theological heart of the Christian Church: the incarnation. Incarnation and Physics offers a clear overview of Torrance's insights into the theology - science dialogue. At the same time, it presents a critical study of Torrences Christological model, evaluating its significance for the relationship betwwen theology and science. Tapio Luoma examines Torrance's claim that modern empirical sciences are actually an outcome of the Christian theology of the early church. He shows how Torrence's Reformed concern for the doctrine of election has affected his view of realism.

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Just Quite Misses the Mark  Oct 29, 2005
This book is a careful reading of Torrance's theology and interaction with natural science. Luoma has read Torrance closely, interacts with Torrance's thought, but doesn't quite catch the vision that Torrance articulates in his work. To be fair to Torrance, it has taken him a life time of work to get to where he is now, and Luoma has not taken enough time to "indwell" Torrance's thought. One or two years of study and reading are, in my opinion, not enough to fully understand a writer of Torrance's depth.

There are two ways to criticize a writer: (1.) from without, using a foreign frame of reference, and (2.) from within, using the coherence or lack of coherence within an author's argument to point out weaknessness of thought and vision. I leave it to the reader of Luoma's book to decide which direction he takes and if he has or has not stacked his deck in his critique of Torrance. After reading the book twice, I'm convinced that some of the arguments Luoma makes are valid, but my response is still the same. He does not catch Torrance's total vision, and I do not think he finally understands where Torrance is arguing from, nor does he offer a programmatic response -- counterproposing an alternate vision.

Criticism of an author is merely the beginning--is it not? As an introduction to the large and difficult themes of the interaction of theology and natural science in Torrance's thought, this is, however, a helpful and well written book. One will learn a great deal from spending time thinking about what Luoma has offered here. Luoma is to be commended for seeking to understand the thought of arguably the greatest English speaking theologian of the last 50 years. More theologians should follow his example.
Without John Philoponus?  Jul 25, 2003
This analysis of the thought of Thomas F. Torrance notes without enough depth the points the Master Theologian makes in his efforts to articulate the relationship between Theological and Natural Science. One could refer to Torrance's title "Theological and Natural Science" where John Philoponos is a very vital epistemological base for grasping what Torrance is after as he champions the nature of 'contingency' with us, theologians and scientists. How can one write about his thought here without mentioning Torrance's relationship to Philoponos?

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