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Torrance’s Proposal – A New Objectivity

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In describing and accounting for the commonalities and the differences between general and theological science, Torrance's exposition centres upon conceptions of objectivity. For Torrance, Schleiermacher and his legacy marked one of the decisive forks in modern theology, one prong of which was ultimately to make theology one of the social sciences, dealing with religion as a human phenomenon and a 'better' prong in which theology was an objective, positive, and scientific account of the reality of God's revelation in Jesus Christ and thereby of God himself. Torrance is therefore at liberty to develop theological science strictly in the sense of the study of God, provided he allows that at a certain point a crucial assumption has been granted. Torrance's most substantive exposition of the commonalities of general scientific method and scientific theological method, and the specifics of theological science, are found in Theological Science.

Keywords: Jesus Christ; Schleiermacher; theological science; Torrance



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