Thursday, June 2, 2016

Scientific Theology

"Theology and science should be seen as 'allies in a common front where each faces the same insidious enemy, namely, man himself assuming the role of Creator . . .' "
(Torrance, Theological Science, xiii)
" from Wikipedia article Thomas_F._Torrance#Theology_and_science).
Last night I went over to the University of Northwestern Library and checked out The Christian Frame of Mind: Reason, Order and Openness in Theology and Natural Science, a book that's listed as recommended reading for a Grace Communion Seminary course on the "scientific theology" of T.F. Torrance. I'm not enrolled in the course but I'm feeling a sense of call to learn more about the teachings of this man who is continually mentioned as a "master theologian" by those who teach Incarnational Trinitarian Theology, a way of thinking about God that does not imagine "God the Father" as ever being separate from "God the Son" and "God the Holy Spirit."*

In the introduction to The Christian Frame of Mind, Dr. W. Jim Neidhardt writes about the connection between T. F. Torrance's theological method and the thought of Albert Einstein! I can't wait to learn more.


* Some Christian theologians, unfortunately, teach that God the Father punished God the Son for the sins of the world -- a teaching that does not honor the eternal loving relationship within God's self, a relationship that created and sustains everything that exists. I'm learning how absolutely essential that relationship is. And if we don't understand it we won't appreciate the true nature of God's love.

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