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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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The Eclipse of God 1

The Eclipse of God 1

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God and Rationality

Thomas F. Torrance

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts to look into a number of epistemological issues that are of significance to modern thought. The title of this chapter is adopted from Martin Buber's book wherein he drew attention to some of the key issues in what is referred to as the ‘new theology’ of Harry Williams, Pail Van Buren, and other such theologians, and also in William Hamilton and Thomas Altizer's ‘God is dead’ theology. As Buber asserts that the eclipse is something that concerns our eyes and the sun, and not the sun itself, the eclipse of God that this chapter attempts to explain involves our own selfhood. The main problem faced by new theologians entails how they are not able to differentiate between God and their own subjectivity. This chapter looks into various controversies such as Gnosticism, Arianism, and other debates regarding the knowledge of God.

Keywords:   Martin Buber, eclipse, The Eclipse of God, new theology, God is dead theology, subjectivity

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