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T. F. Torrance Theological Fellowship
Newsletter, December 2019
Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship

Letter from outgoing President Thomas A. Noble

Thomas A. Noble

Dear Members,

A good number attended our annual meeting at AAR in San Diego on Friday, 22nd November. We were happy to welcome Dr Oliver Crisp, newly appointed Professor of Analytic Theology at the University of St Andrews and following his address, there was a useful conversation with Dr Myk Habets and many good contributions from members. Before we met I had been most interested to read Professor Crisp’s recent article in which he appeared to move some distance towards Torrance’s doctrine of the vicarious humanity of Christ [IJST, 21 (2019), 235-249]. Certainly, we engaged in significant dialogue.

Before that our new executive board was elected. According to the constitution, I was required to name one of our vice-presidents as my successor and was happy to hand back the torch to Gary Deddo. The meeting expressed its appreciation for all he has done and continues to do to make the Fellowship a significant way of promoting research and writing. We also expressed our appreciation to the service of Chris Kettler, retiring as secretary-treasurer. For them and for all of us, the work of the Fellowship does not only have an academic value but is a service to the Church. We share the conviction that the depth of Torrance’s theological thinking and his place at the heart of what we may call ‘classic’ or ‘orthodox’ or ‘Nicene’ or ‘mere’ Christianity is a gift to the Church which will be of increasing significance.  

The new board which will take office at the end of this month is therefore as follows:

  President: Gary Deddo
  Vice-Presidents: Paul Molnar and Myk Habets
  Secretary-Treasurer: Brent Purkaple
  Member-at-large: Jerome Van Kuiken

The board met following the members’ meeting and drew up a slate of possible speakers for future years. We also talked about guidance for prospective research students looking for Torrance scholars who could supervise PhD research. Subsequently a new Students tab, with a Graduate Study link, has been created at our website to assist our members. Since then there has also been correspondence with the Polanyi Society about a potential joint meeting.

Speaking of research students reminds me, by the way, that I had intended to introduce to the meeting my own research student, Dr Kevin Navarro, who was present one month after he had graduated at the University of Manchester through Nazarene Theological College. Kevin completed a PhD thesis (to use the British term) on the Theology of Worship in the thinking of T.F. and J.B. Torrance, and this should be published soon. However, he will not long hold the position of the latest doctoral student to graduate! I have just received today another thesis to examine as external examiner.

All of this is encouraging. The work of Participatio (thanks were expressed again to Todd Speidell and his team) and of our excellent new website (with thanks to Kerry Magruder and Brent Purkaple) continue to stimulate research and writing.

As we approach the festival of the Incarnation, ‘our God contracted to a span, incomprehensibly made man,’ (Charles Wesley), our prayer must surely be that all of this theological work will glorify the Lord  who came down to take our flesh that he might raise us up to share in his glory.

Have a great Christmas!

Thomas A. Noble, President, 
Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship

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A new Graduate Studies page lists members in a position to supervise Torrance-related projects of graduate students at their institutions or who may be willing to serve as external members of doctoral committees. Faculty members, let us know if you would like to be listed and we will add your information. Or do it yourself by updating your Member Profile.

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Find other students: Update your profile to have your name listed alongside other students in the Student Members block on the new Students tab. Contact us to list your Torrance-related project among Forthcoming Dissertations and Theses.  Consider opportunities for graduate study with member scholars who are faculty at graduate institutions.

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Recent Studies

From the home page, access News, an Annual Meetings page with AV from past meetings, the most recent issue of Participatio, and the most recent items in the Sources and Studies bibliographies. Shown in the screenshot (right) are just a few of the Torrance-related publications announced on the home page in 2019. Let us know of your Torrance-related publications and book reviews so that we may include them in the Studies bibliography.


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Participatio update
11 volumes and counting
Participatio update

Since the first issue appeared ten years ago, 11 full issues of Participatio have been released to date under the editorial leadership of Todd Speidell! Look for two more issues, currently in progress, devoted to Søren Kierkegaard, and Biblical Theology. Participatio is now distributed open access. See the /permissions page for how this affects you as a contributing author. The change to open access will allow us to take further steps to increase the visibility of the journal.

Thomas Torrance at a missionary Bible college; image courtesy Torrance family
In case you missed it...
Torrance and the Wesleyan Tradition

Supplemental Volume 4 is now available, with contributions by Thomas A. Noble, E. Jerome Van Kuiken, Travis M. Stevick, Jacquelynn Price-Linnartz, Joel Scandrett, Rodney D. Holder, Paul D. Molnar, and George Hunsinger. 

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Torrance Oral History Project

Read the announcement of a new collaborative endeavor of the T. F. Torrance Fellowship. Seven interviews have been recorded so far. Members may collaborate in the recording and transcription of oral history interviews. To expedite publication, $210 is now needed for transcription software and equipment for two member volunteers. Click the button below to go to the Donate page to give via PayPal; indicate in the message that that it is for transcription. Or send a check with "transcription" in the memo line.

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    Oliver Crisp
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    Oliver Crisp and Myk Habets

    A Symposium: T. F. Torrance on Theosis and Universal Salvation

    Oliver Crisp; response by Myk Habets.

    Audio and video recordings of last month's keynote will be posted early next year on the Annual Meetings page, alongside AV from past meetings.

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    The website is growing into a digital library as more content becomes available. See /oa for online resources (PDFs, etc.) distributed open access (currently 246 open access items). See /av for audiovisual resources (currently 103 AV items). Let us know if you have copyright-free resources to offer or if you own copyright on items you are willing to grant us permission to distribute openly on this website.

    Bibliography update
    370 Sources not in McGrath's original bibliography

    We thank Alister McGrath for permission to base the online Sources bibliography on the most comprehensive and authoritative bibliography to date, published in T. F. Torrance: An Intellectual Biography (1999). In the Sources bibliography, 633 "McGrath numbers" are indicated for each item as assigned in McGrath's biography. New "McGrath numbers" are created for items not included there.

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