Thomas F. Torrance, "Preface," in Divine and Contingent Order (Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1981), vii-x; #1981-385a


Torrance, Thomas F. "Preface." In Divine and Contingent Order, vii-x. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1981; #1981-385a

Publication life cycle / General notes

From the Preface, pp. ix-x: "The first three chapters of this book represent lectures I have given to groups of scientists and theologians, and are reproduced here with only subsidiary modification. 'Creation and Determinism' was delivered to the International Institute of Theoretic Sciences, combining the International Academies of the Philosophy of Sciences and of Religious Sciences, at its meeting in St. John's University, Long Island, New York, on 9 July 1977. 'God and the Contingent World' was my contribution to the Einstein celebrations held at Bern, Switzerland, on 14 March 1979. And the third chapter, under the title 'Divine and Contingent Order', in a somewhat different form was the lecture delivered to the Oxford International Symposium on 'The Sciences and Theology in the Twentieth Century', at Christ Church, on 19 September 1979. The last chapter has been added in order to relate the whole discussion to the difficult question of evil or disorder, and to take up certain points that were omitted in the earlier discussion." Chapter 3, "Theological and Scientific World Views," is a revised version of "Divine and Contingent Order," #1981-407.