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The conclusory chapter of the book describes the outcomes of the constructed encounter between Thomas Forsyth Torrance and Paul Feyerabend. This encounter between Torrance and Feyerabend is best envisaged as Feyerabend posing an anarchic challenge test to the coherence of Torrance's project of theological science. Both Feyerabend and Torrance were writing in a context characterised by naturalistic and scientistic conceptions of 'the scientific', which they both felt warranted critique. Torrance wished to redefine the content of the predicate scientific', refining it to the form of the epistemic virtue of objectivity understood as 'faithfulness to object,' superseding an impersonal objectivity which had hardened into objectivism. The coherency of theological science is sharply challenge-tested by Feyerabend. Whilst accepting that positivistic versions of science will not do, Feyerabend offers a more radical critique of 'the scientific', asking whether the category is helpful or coherent at all.

Keywords: coherence; natural science; Paul Feyerabend; theological science; Thomas Forsyth Torrance



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