Tutorial 2: Orientation Aids

Orientation Aids, Reader's Guide, Colyer Categories, Sources sneak peek 

1. Orientation Aids

Resources tabClick the Resources tab to view assorted resources on the website.

Survey the list of resources in the left column, "Orientation Aids." These resources are designed to bring a scholar who is relatively new to the Torrance tradition rapidly up to speed.

2. Reader's Guide

Read the description for the "Reader's Guide," by Elmer Colyer, and click the link.

Examine the intro page for the Reader's Guide, and scan the table of contents.

Reader's Guide, contents

Go to the section on "The Christological and Soteriological Center," either by browsing through successive pages or directly by clicking the link.

3. Links to Sources

Scan the page "The Christological and Soteriological Center."  You will see that links to the Sources bibliography are prevalent. 

Reader's Guide, link to Mediation of Christ

  • Find the section where Colyer recommends The Mediation of Christ.
  • The numbers after each line (called "McGrath numbers") are links to view the corresponding record in the Sources bibliography.  
  • Gaze at this list. Do you see dates for two different editions of The Mediation of Christ?
  • If chapters are entered in the Sources bibliography for the first edition in which they occur, can you guess which chapter was added to the second edition of the book?

  • Now, still on the Reader's Guide page, click the "1992-TFT-4" link.
  • You are now in the Sources bibliography for the whole book, in the 1992 second edition.  
  • We'll come back and take a closer look at Sources records later, so for now, just look in the Main Content area for the "Publication Life Cycle / Notes" field. Does the "Publication Life Cycle" field confirm the addition of a new chapter in this edition?  
  • If one reads somewhere a footnote that references a page number in the 1983 edition, then will that page reference still be correct in referring to the 1992 edition?

Return to the Reader's Guide using the back button in your web browser.

Again, we'll come back and look in more detail at the Sources bibliography later. For now, the point is that hyperlinking between the Sources bibliography and the Reader's Guide is one of the chief benefits of reading the Reader's Guide online. Some of us may find that the utility of the Reader's Guide is not only for beginners!

4. Colyer Categories

Scroll down the Reader's Guide page to find the Colyer Categories field.  It will contain the title of the page:

Reader's Guide, Colyer Categories links

Right now, this link does very little. But stay tuned: in the near future, clicking on any Colyer Category link will link you to pages across the website, whether from Member Profiles or the Sources or Studies bibliographies.

Development note: Why is the website described in the header as being in "beta"? 
Answer: The Colyer Categories field, although present now, will not be very functional until text cleanup is accomplished. We hope to finish text cleanup in the first half of 2019. The Colyer Categories and other fields, like Genre Type, will then become powerful tools, implemented in conjunction with Advanced Searching. Text cleanup in the Sources bibliography is our number one priority after website development passes a threshold of minimum functionality. See the "Developmental Roadmap."