Annual Keynote: Thomas H. McCall, "The Finality of the Cross Reconsidered: Thomas F. Torrance and the Barthian Legacy on the Soteriological Problem of Evil"

November 4(?) and 18, 2022

Event Location

AAR Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, USA. 

We are pleased to announce that our annual guest lecture will be delivered by Thomas H. McCall. Dr. McCall is Tennent Professor of Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary. Previously he served as Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and as Professorial Fellow in Analytic and Exegetical Theology at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of several books on hamartiology, Christology, and the doctrine of the Trinity, most recently Analytic Christology and the Theological Interpretation of the New Testament.

The title of Dr. McCall's lecture will be, "The Finality of the Cross Reconsidered: Thomas F. Torrance and the Barthian Legacy on the Soteriological Problem of Evil"

Abstract: Thomas F. Torrance makes the striking statement that "universalism and limited atonement are twin heresies," and he follows this claim with the even more striking declaration that attempts at "logico-causal explanations" of the efficacy of Christ's work are nothing less than "blasphemy." In this lecture, I first contextualize Torrance's statement by locating it within his broader understanding of sin and atonement as well as the theological legacy of Karl Barth. I then compare Torrance's position with the arguments and conclusions of some contemporary biblical scholars and theologians who extend Barth's legacy in a decidedly universalist direction. Finally, I offer an analysis and evaluation of the debate, and I argue that Torrance's overall position remains defensible.


Will be recorded live prior to the event, perhaps Nov 4.

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