The Long Twentieth Century


David A. S. Fergusson and Mark W. Elliott, eds., The History of Scottish Theology, Volume III: The Long Twentieth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019)


Fergusson, David A. S., and Mark W. Elliott, editors. The History of Scottish Theology, Volume III: The Long Twentieth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019


The History of Scottish Theology

This three-volume work comprises over eighty essays surveying the history of Scottish theology from the early middle ages onwards. Written by an international team of scholars, the collection provides the most comprehensive review yet of the theological movements, figures, and themes that have shaped Scottish culture and exercised a significant influence in other parts of the world. Attention is given to different traditions and to the dispersion of Scottish theology through exile, migration, and missionary activity. 

The volumes present in diachronic perspective the theologies that have flourished in Scotland from early monasticism until the end of the twentieth century. The History of Scottish Theology, Volume I covers the period from the appearance of Christianity around the time of Columba to the era of Reformed Orthodoxy in the seventeenth century. Volume II begins with the early Enlightenment and concludes in late Victorian Scotland. Volume III explores the 'long twentieth century'. Recurrent themes and challenges are assessed, but also new currents and theological movements that arose through Renaissance humanism, Reformation teaching, federal theology, the Scottish Enlightenment, evangelicalism, mission, biblical criticism, idealist philosophy, dialectical theology, and existentialism. Chapters also consider the Scots Catholic colleges in Europe, Gaelic women writers, philosophical scepticism, the dialogue with science, and the reception of theology in liturgy, hymnody, art, literature, architecture, and stained glass. Contributors also discuss the treatment of theological themes in Scottish literature.

Volume III: The Long Twentieth Century

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Items in bold explicitly engage Torrance.

1. "The Theology of Carmina Gadelica," Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart, 1-18
2. "Scottish Kenotic Theology," Bruce L. McCormack, 19-34
3. "Theologies of the Cross," Jason A. Goroncy, 35-50
4. "The Theology of the Scottish Protestant Missionary Movement," Brian Stanley, 51-63
5. "Theology and Ecumenism after Edinburgh 1910," Marlene Finlayson, 64-78
6. "From Idealism to Personalism," Adam Hood, 79-93
7. "The Gifford Lectures," Gordon Graham, 94-105
8. "A Century of Social Theology," Johnston McKay, 106-118
9. "John Baillie and Donald Baillie," George M. Newlands, 119-131
10. "Theology and Art in Scotland," David Brown, 132-145
11. "The Influence of Barth in Scotland," Paul T. Nimmo, 146-160; #2019-PTN-1
12. "Modern Christology," David Fergusson, 161-174
13. "The Dissemination of Scottish Theology," John Riches, 175-189; #2019-JR2-1
14. "The Scottish Theological Diaspora," Cairns Craig, 190-202
15. "The Scottish Theological Diaspora," Peter Matheson, 203-213
16. "Ronald Gregor Smith," George Pattison, 214-226
17. "Thomas F. Torrance," Paul D. Molnar, 227-241; #2019-PDM-1 
18. "Theology and Practice of Mission in Mid-Twentieth-Century Scotland," Alexander Forsyth, 242-258
19. "The Revival of Celtic Christianity," Ian Bradley, 259-270
20. "Catholic and Protestant Sensibilities in Scottish Literature," Linden Bicket, 271-287
21. "Theological Constructions of Scottish National Identity," Doug Gay, 288-302
22. "Catholic Theology since Vatican II," William McFadden, 303-316
23. "Late Twentieth-Century Controversies in Sexual Ethics, Gender, and Ordination," Lesley Orr, 317-332
24. "Episcopalian Theology in the Twentieth Century," Alison Peden, 333-346
25. "Reformed Theology in the Later Twentieth Century," Gary D. Badcock, 347-359; #2019-GDB-1

Index of Names
James Torrance: 347
Thomas F. Torrance: 61, 146, 150-151, 153-158, 178, 180, 186, 215, 227-239, 242, 300, 329, 347-354, 356.