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Epistemology and authority in the theology of T.F. Torrance

Bannocks, David George (1994) Epistemology and authority in the theology of T.F. Torrance. Masters thesis, Durham University.



This thesis aims to examine the complex issues in religious epistemology and authority. Inevitably, the thesis also discusses these subjects as they operate in non-theological areas. T. F, Torrance is a theologian who has much to say about these subjects and his position is both illuminating and refreshingly different. The thesis considers the ramifications of foundationalism and non-foundationalism in the pursuit of knowledge and Torrance's unique epistemological position is presented, clarified and assessed. Torrance's understanding of language and the Incarnation, as pivots of his theology, are explained and examined. Issues concerning the relationship between faith and reason are discussed as are the problems of rigorous verification in systems of knowledge. As "working models" of his theology, the thesis examines Torrance's approach to "natural theology", tradition, and scripture. As well as an assessment of Torrance's work, the thesis aims to point out where it presents the theologian with a way forward and also where the theologian needs to go beyond- Torrance's vision of reality and how this should be attempted.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Arts
Thesis Date:1994
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:16 Nov 2012 11:00

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