Explorations in Theological Metaphor

Footnote

Gavin Ortlund, "Explorations in Theological Metaphor: Boethius, Calvin and T. F. Torrance on the Creator-Creature Distinction," Modern Theology 33, 2 (2017): 167-186

Bibliography

Ortlund, Gavin. "Explorations in Theological Metaphor: Boethius, Calvin and T. F. Torrance on the Creator-Creature Distinction." Modern Theology 33, 2 (2017): 167-186

Main Title

Explorations in Theological Metaphor: Boethius, Calvin and T. F. Torrance on the Creator-Creature Distinction

Abstract

This article explores a theological metaphor, comparing God and creation to an author and story. Framed as an Einsteinian thought experiment, and broadly in the genre of theological retrieval, it seeks to resource the use of this metaphor in contemporary theology by bringing it into dialogue with three areas of theological reflection throughout church history: Boethius’ doctrine of divine foreknowledge, the so-called extra Calvinisticum, and Thomas Torrance’s account of Christ’s ascension. It is suggested that the story metaphor brings into greater visibility what unites and determines each of these different doctrines, namely, a simultaneously robust and dynamic Creator/creation relation. In particular, it is suggested that the metaphor of story illumines the ontological priority of God over creation, as well as the importance of the incarnation and ascension as the determining events for their relationship.

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