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Thomas F. Torrance

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780192139481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192139481.001.0001

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Theological Rationality

Theological Rationality

(p.3) I Theological Rationality
God and Rationality

Thomas F. Torrance

Oxford University Press

Recently, theology has been put under pressures by certain mechanistic concepts which resulted from the Newtonian era of science — dogmatic empiricism and dogmatic scientism. A number of theologians and biblical scholars discussed phenomenology and existentialism. However, such efforts were to no avail since these were done in the context of a historical relativism wherein Jesus continued to disappear from their observations. Also, others relied mostly on sociology and cultural expressionism in which they had to face the rifts that came about between historic Christianity and modern culture. As such, several Christians often experienced certain degrees of confusion and irrationality toward their religion since the Church establishes the divide between experience and theology. Theology was thus viewed to be somehow detached from the reality the living God has furthered into its estrangement from men.

Keywords:   theology, dogmatic empiricism, dogmatic scientism, irrationality, living God, estrangement

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