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Divine and Contingent Order

Thomas F. Torrance


The aim of this book is to clarify the notions of contingence and contingent order in the context of modern thought, and thereby to carry forward the work of early Christian theology which first injected these revolutionary ideas into the foundations of Western culture. This book is an essay in the tradition of Scottish realist theological and epistemological thought which goes back at least to John Duns Scotus. It was he who more than any other in mediaeval times helped to recover the concepts of contingence and contingent intelligibility after Neoplatonic and Boethian thought had swamped the ... More

Keywords: contingence, contingent order, modern thought, Christian theology, Western culture, Aristotle, evil, disorder

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1981 Print ISBN-13: 9780198266587
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266587.001.0001


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Thomas F. Torrance, author