Space, Time and Incarnation


Thomas F. Torrance, Space, Time and Incarnation (Oxford, London, New York: Oxford University Press, 1969); #1969-262


Torrance, Thomas F. Space, Time and Incarnation. Oxford, London, New York: Oxford University Press, 1969; #1969-262

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First edition. Dedicated "To The Society for the Study of Theology in gratitude and encouragement."

Preface to God and Rationality, p. ix:  Theological Science (#1969-263), Space, Time and Incarnation (#1969-262), and God and Rationality (#1971-290) comprise a trilogy on epistemology.

This book is also part of a trilogy within a trilogy on hermeneutics. This is one of five works Torrance conceived as a sequence on the history of hermeneutics. In the Prefaces to Divine Meaning (#1995-588) and The Hermeneutics of John Calvin (#1988-488), Torrance explains that he had originally projected a three-volume work on the hermeneutics of the Fathers, of Calvin, and of the Moderns. Divine Meaning (#1995-588) and The Hermeneutics of John Calvin  (#1988-488) comprise the first two volumes of the trilogy, respectively. The third volume on the hermeneutics of the moderns was realized in a sub-trilogy of works: Space, Time and Incarnation (#1969-262); Space, Time and Resurrection (#1976-331), and Reality and Evangelical Theology (#1982-397). Torrance's intent with the larger trilogy was to focus on "the history of hermeneutical thought in which particular attention was devoted to the epistemological issues involved" (Divine Meaning Preface, p. 1). Regarding the "moderns" trilogy within a trilogy, Torrance explains (Calvin Preface, p. vii): "Some of the main problems that have arisen in modern hermeneutics have been discussed in" them.

Some later editions have a "Preface to the new edition." Otherwise pagination unchanged.


When the Nicene Creed affirms that the eternal Son of God "for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven," it asserts that God himself is actively present within the space and time of our world. The philosophical problems that this involves are bound up with Christian theology, and form the subject of this short book. Professor Torrance starts with a critique of modern Protestant thinking, and proceeds to examine the place of spatial and temporal ingredients in basic theological concepts, and thus to offer a positive account of the relation of the incarnation to space and time....

  • Preface, p. v-ix. (#1969-262a)
  • Ch. 1: The Problem of Spatial Concepts in Nicene Theology, p. 1. (#1969-262b)
  • Ch. 2: The Problem of Spatial Concepts in Reformation and Modern Theology, p. 22. (#1969-262c)
  • Ch. 3: Incarnation and Space and Time, p. 52. (#1969-262d)
  • Index of Names, p. 91.
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