The Motif of Koinonia in T. F. Torrance's Ecclesiology


Kate Dugdale [Tyler], "The Motif of Koinonia in T. F. Torrance's Ecclesiology," Participatio 6, "T. F. Torrance and Ecclesiology" (2016): 32-50


Dugdale [Tyler], Kate. "The Motif of Koinonia in T. F. Torrance's Ecclesiology." Participatio 6, "T. F. Torrance and Ecclesiology" (2016): 32-50


In this article, we explore the dialogue between the doctrine of the Trinity and the doctrine of the church as exemplified in the work of Thomas F. Torrance. The article begins with a concise introduction to the contours of Torrance’s trinitarian theology, focusing on the terms ousia, hypostasis, and perichoresis. It unfolds the correlation between Torrance’s view of God’s being and the nature of the church by evaluating two different ways in which Torrance uses the motif of koinonia to develop the relationship between the triune communion and its human parallel. The article concludes with some observations about how Torrance's use of koinonia shapes his view of structure and order in the life of the Church.

T. F. Torrance and Ecclesiology