Defending & Declaring the Faith


James B. Torrance, Foreword, in Alan P. F. Sell, Defending & Declaring the Faith: Some Scottish Examples 1869-1920 (Exeter, UK: Paternoster Press; Colorado Springs, Colorado: Helmers & Howard, 1987), 9-10


Torrance, James B.  Foreword.  In Alan P. F. Sell, Defending & Declaring the Faith: Some Scottish Examples 1869-1920, 9-10. Exeter, UK: Paternoster Press; Colorado Springs, Colorado: Helmers & Howard, 1987

Publication life cycle / General notes

Originally published in 1987 by Paternoster in the UK and by Helmers and Howard in the USA. Reprinted in 2012 by Wipf & Stock.


From the Wipf & Stock website:

Between 1860-1920 a number of distinguished Scottish theologians grappled with the problems of reconciling a biblical faith with current philosophical and theological trends. Alan Sell has selected eight of these: John Kennedy of Dingwall (1819-1884); Robert Flint (1838-1910); John Caird (1820-1898); A. B. Bruce (1831-1899); James Iverach (1839-1922); James Orr (1844-1913); D. W. Forrest (1856-1918); and James Denney (1856-1917).

The book is not only of historical interest; many of the issues confronted by these scholars are also of contemporary interest.

Professor James Torrance comments: 'This study is invaluable in keeping alive the authentic tradition that Scotland has produced great theologians, . . . but perhaps supremely in the period covered by this eminently readable book.'

"Alan Sell gives us an illuminating introduction to some important thinkers in the Scottish church in the later 19th and 20th centuries. His book is a masterpiece of historical and theological scholarship."
- Dr. Donald G. Bloesch

Alan P. F. Sell, of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the University of Chester, is a philosopher-theologian and ecumenist with strong interests in the history of Christian thought in general, and of the Reformed and Dissenting traditions in particular. A minister of The United Reformed Church, he has held rural and urban pastorates, has served from Geneva as Theological Secretary of the World Alliance (now Communion) of Reformed Churches, and has held academic posts in England, Canada, and Wales. He has earned the rarely-awarded senior doctorates, DD and DLitt, is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Royal Historical Society, and holds honorary doctorates from the USA, Hungary, Canada, and Romania. He is the author of more than thirty books, and the editor of others. Ever seeking to hold together what belongs together, he explores the relations between philosophy, theology and apologetics, Christian ethics and moral philosophy, and doctrine in relation to spirituality and the ecumenical quest.


Foreword, Professor James B. Torrance
John Kennedy of Dingwall (1819-1884): The old paths
Robert Flint (1838-1910): Theism and theology in tension
John Caird (1820-1898): Apostle of continuity
Alexander Balmain Bruce (1831-1899): Seeing and showing Jesus
James Iverach (1839-1922): Theologian at the frontier
James Orr (1844-1913): The ineradicability of the supernatural
David William Forrest (1856-1918): The centrality of Christ
James Denney (1856-1917): A preachable theology

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