The Christian Frame of Mind – T F Torrance

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Christian Frame of Mind 1This is book will be one of those that transform your mind to the way things truly are.  Many Christians are under the impression that Christian theology is not a credible science and has nothing to offer to the scientific field.  This could not be further than the truth.  If you are about to embark on a University degree or are already underway, then this book is a must read.  You will then be able to intuitively recognise where the natural and humanity sciences are going wrong or going right so to speak.

T F Torrance has a high degree of insight into the field of science in his own right and is one of the most eminent theologians of our time.  He was internationally recognised for this area of work and won a great deal of respect from scientists for his work in this field, even more so than his fellow theologians.  He highlights the battle of two worldviews that exist in modern science.  The old worldview is more concerned with imposing ideas on the object so that is is confined within the  boundaries of our premises, hypothesis and theories.  The theory of evolution and the science of creation are two examples. The object of study is manipulated and the truth is forsaken so all fits in with the their respective presuppositions.  One has to be educated and informed on the theory to understand the object.  This kind of scientific method is obsolete. On this model, very little credibility is given to theology as a valid and credible science.

Rightly so.  The bottom line is, it is the science that is losing its credibility more and more.  In fact the science that we are concerned with here has paved the way for much of the modern information technology that many of us take for granted.  It allows the particular object of our study to teach us its inner truths and we develop theories based on the data we draw from it.  If the data contradicts our theories, then we change the theory to better suit the data.  The emphasis is on the truth that is observed and correctly interpreted so that it contributes to the advancement of the scientific cause.

In the very same way, ancient theologians followed the same approach as modern science.  It allows Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary who is God personified to speak on His own behalf.  It is our minds that must be conformed to what is disclosed in His Person and work.  We find in the ancient church an endeavour to draw from Jesus Christ the inner truths of God with a high degree of integrity.  In this way, the overall truth of the gospel was preserved through the centuries.  This uniquely characteristic method of investigation can be found in the likes of James Clerk Maxwell and Albert Einstein.  Their quest for the inner truth is drawn from our universe creating a strong foundation paving the way for many scientific discoveries that have shaped the world we live in today.

If you are scientific in anyway and have difficulty reconciling your Christian faith with Modern science, then this is the book for you.  It is an absolute gem.

Preface to the New Edition
Preface to the 1985 Edition
Chapter 1: The Greek Christian Mind
– Saint Basil of Caesarea: Grace, Man, Reason in a Contingent Creation
– Saint Gregory of Nazianzus: The “Assumption” and “Redemption of Man’s Fallen Mind
– Saint John Chrysostom: The “Scriptural Mind” and the “Economy of God”
Chapter 2: The Concept of Order in Theology and Science.
– The Presupposition of Order and Its Place in Rational Activity
“The Kind of Order that Ought to Be” – Theology
– “The Kind of Order that Ought to Be” – Science
The Convergence of Science and Theology
– Case Studies in Convergence – Contingency and Inertia
– The Word of God – The Ground of Created Rationality
Chapter 3: Man, Mediator of Order
The Image of Man: Greek and Roman Dualism,
The Image of Man: The Hebrew Unitary Perspective
Hebrew Thought, the Incarnation, and the concept of “Person”
Incarnation and Creation: Contingency, Rationality, and the Place of Man in the Universe
Unresolved Issues in Modern Scientific Culture
On the Boundary: Man as Priest of Creation and Mediator of Order
Chapter 4: Theological and Scientific Inquiry
Experimental Science and “Creation out of Nothing”
Turning Points in the Advance of Science
Chapter 5: Fundamental Issues in Theology and Science
The Problems and Promise of the Search for a Unified Field of Knowledge
New in Old Wineskins: Unitary Thinking Supplants Rationalists Dichotomies
The Atonement and the “Re-ordering” of Creation
Chapter 6: Realism and Openness in Scientific Inquiry
The Relations of Kataphatic Apophatic and Kataleptic Elements in Theological Epistemology
Revolution in the Rational Structure of Science
Open-structured Thought-forms in Science
Theological and Scientific Inquiry
Chapter 7: The University Culture within a Christian Culture
Pressures Impinging on the University
What a University Is and Ought to Be: Negative Considerations
What a University Is and Ought to Be: Positive Considerations
Particular Features and Functions of a University
Theology, Cultural Unity and Reemergence of the Universitas
Appendix: “THE THEOLOGY OF LIGHT” A University Sermon
Annotated Bibliography
Index of Names