The Hypostatic Union as Normative over the Relation of God’s Self-Revelation and Human Cognition

Main Title

The Hypostatic Union as Normative over the Relation of God’s Self-Revelation and Human Cognition in the Thought of T. F. Torrance

Footnote

Alexander J. D. Irving, "The Hypostatic Union as Normative over the Relation of God’s Self-Revelation and Human Cognition in the Thought of T. F. Torrance," Irish Theological Quarterly 83, 3 (2018): 250-268

Bibliography

Irving, Alexander J. D. "The Hypostatic Union as Normative over the Relation of God’s Self-Revelation and Human Cognition in the Thought of T. F. Torrance." Irish Theological Quarterly 83, 3 (2018): 250-268

Abstract

T. F. Torrance held the hypostatic union to be the normative instance of divine–human relationship. The structure of the relation between the divine nature and the human nature as delineated in the hypostatic union is the archetype to which all other theological loci must correspond. This essay argues that Torrance applied this Christocentric approach to formulate his own theological realism in which God’s self-revelation through the Son and by the Spirit both shapes and is cognized by the rational structure of human understanding, preserving the distinct integrity of human cognition and divine revelation in theological knowledge. This constitutes a conscious attempt on the part of Torrance to reverse the synthesis of rational structure and material content in Immanuel Kant’s transcendental idealism.