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Introduction: Context And History

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In the modern era the rising importance of empirical natural science has meant that it has come to be held in the same esteem as were the writings of the great Greek philosophers in antiquity. The pre-eminence of 'science', its function as a hallmark of epis-temic rigour, has also given new impetus to the argument over whether theology itself is a science and, if it is, what sort of science. An important point in that history is reached with the assertion with which Barth opens his Church Dogmatics. Torrance is perhaps chiefly known as pupil, translator, interpreter and champion of the theology of Karl Barth in the English speaking world. According to Torrance, twentieth century developments in natural science had profound resonances with a Barthian approach which rejected dualisms, they themselves being artefacts of ancient philosophies.

Keywords: Church Dogmatics.; Karl Barth; natural science; Torrance

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