Honors and Lectureships

Excerpt from “Torrance’s Life and Achievement,” in Elmer Colyer, How to Read T. F. Torrance: Understanding His Trinitarian & Scientific Theology (Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2001); #2001-EC-1a. All rights reserved; used by permission of Elmer Colyer and InterVarsity Press.

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In 1978 Torrance was awarded the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion for his contributions in theology and its relation to natural science. He has received at least eight honorary doctorates. Torrance is a Fellow of the British Academy (1982) and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1979). Always deeply involved in the church, Torrance served as Moderator of the Church of Scotland in 1976-1977.

Among his many lectureships, several are especially noteworthy. Torrance has lectured all over the world and in the United States nearly every year since 1959 when he gave the Hewett Lectures at Union Theological Seminary (New York) and Andover Newton Theological School (Massachusetts). He gave the Taylor Lectures at Yale in 1971, the Warfield Lectures at Princeton in 1981 and the Payton Lectures at Fuller Theological Seminary that same year. 67 Many of Torrance’s books are related to these lectureships. 68

67) Torrance’s curriculum vitae lists nineteen lectureships from 1959 to 1995. Back
68) The Ground and Grammar of Theology (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, #1980-369), Reality and Evangelical Theology (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, #1982-397); The Mediation of Christ, rev. ed. (Colorado Springs: Helmers & Howard, #1992-TFT-4); Reality and Scientific Theology (Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, #1985-450); and The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theol­ogy of the Ancient Catholic Church (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, #1988-489) are all published versions of lectures previously given. Back