Divine and Contingent Order
This book examines the implications of the Judaeo-Christian claim for our understanding of the universe that it is contingent: freely created by God out of nothing, and having an existence, freedom, and rtional order of its own while still dependent on him.Professor Torrance argues that this claim made possible the development of western empirical science, but that Newtonian physics obscured the connection between the rational order of nature and the Christian doctrine of creation. He shows how modern relativity and quantum theories have once againd rawn attention to the significance of contingence, and imply that the universe is found to be consistently rational only if it is dependent on a creative rationality beyond it.He considers finally the disorderly elements in the universe, both physical and moral, and argues that the doctrine of incarnation as well as of creation is necessary to deal with the intellectual problems which they raise.
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About "Divine and Contingent Order"
Meet the Author
Thomas F Torrance
Thomas F.Torrance was Emeritus Professor of Christian dogmatics, University of Edinburgh. He was one of the distinguished theologians of the 20th Century who has written extensively on Trinitarian Theology, on the relationship between Science and Theology, and on the Person and Work of Christ. His work is a balance between neo-Barthian and Reformed theology, and is captured in his numerous works including highly regarded The Trinitarian Faith and The Christian Doctrine of God. Other works include The Mediation of Christ; Space,Time and Incarnation; Trinitarian Perspectives and Space,Time and Resurrection. His most recent publications edited posthumorously by Robert T. Walker is Incarnation: The Person and Life of Christ. and Atonement: The Person and Work of Christ
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Table Of Contents
- Preface; 1 Determinism And Creation; 2 God And The Contingent Universe; 3 Theological And Scientific World-views; 4 Contingence And Disorder; Notes; Index