T. F. Torrance Reading Group

The T. F. Torrance Reading Group meets via Zoom every Thursday, at 1 pm Pacific. All dates below are US Pacific time. Topics are announced at Facebook. It is organized by Marty Folsom and Myk Habets.

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Spring 2021 meetings are listed first; scroll down for archived meetings from 2020.


Spring 2021

  • January 14, 2021: Kevin Navarro, to discuss his book:
    • Kevin J. Navarro, Trinitarian Doxology: T. F. and J. B. Torrance's Theology of Worship as Participation by the Spirit in the Son's Communion with the Father (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2020); #2020-KJN-1.
    • Discussion: Video.
  • January 21, 2021: Paul Young, The Shack
    • From Paul: "...encourage everyone to read whatever sections of The Shack that struck them, looking through the lens of their understanding of Torrance and come prepared to share, and then let that be the catalyst of conversation. Accomplishes two things...we can all be learners, and moves us for a moment out of our potentially stilted academic side of things and into a more playful participatory arena (which I think TFT was all about)."
  • January  28, 2021: Roger Newell, review of the Handbook (forthcoming, SJT).
    • See also Roger's dissertation, "Participatory Knowledge: Theology as Art and Science in C. S. Lewis and T. F. Torrance"; #1983-RJN-1
  • February 4, 2021: Kate Tyler, "Thomas F. Torrance and Ecclesiology," Handbook.
    • Chapter: #2020-KT-1. Discussion: Video.
    • See also Kate Tyler, The Ecclesiology of Thomas F. Torrance: Koinonia and the Church (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2019); #2019-KT-1.
  • February 11, 2021: Andrew Grosso, to discuss his book:
    • Andrew T. Grosso, Personal Being: Polanyi, Ontology, and Christian Theology; #2007-ATG-1. See esp. pp. 98-102.
  • February 18, 2021 (Third Thursday, published author):
    • TBA
  • February 25, 2021 (Fourth Thursday, work-in-progress):
    • TBA
  • March 4, 2021 (First Thursday, primary source): 
    • TBA
  • March 11, 2021 (Second Thursday, Participatio author): 
    • TBA
  • March 18, 2021 (Third Thursday, published author):
    • TBA
  • March 25, 2021 (Fourth Thursday, work-in-progress):
    • TBA
  • April 1, 2021 (First Thursday, primary source): 
    • TBA
  • April 8, 2021 (Second Thursday, Participatio author): 
    • TBA
  • April 15, 2021 (Third Thursday, published author):
    • TBA
  • April 22, 2021 (Fourth Thursday, work-in-progress):
    • TBA
  • April 29, 2021 (Fifth Thursday, guest):
    • TBA
  • May 1, 2021 (First Thursday, primary source): 
    • TBA
  • May 6, 2021 (Second Thursday, Participatio author): 
    • TBA
  • May 13, 2021 (Third Thursday, published author):
    • TBA
  • May 20, 2021 (Fourth Thursday, work-in-progress):
    • TBA
  • May 27, 2021 (Fifth Thursday, guest):
    • TBA

 


Fall 2020

In Fall 2020 we discussed the T&T Clark Handbook of Thomas F. Torrance, ed. Paul Molnar and Myk Habets (2020); #2020-PDM-MH-1. Pre-order the Logos edition for $16.99

  • August 20, 2020: Travis Stevick, "Theological Science Then and Now." Handbook.
  • August 27, 2020: E. Jerome Van Kuiken, "'Not I, but Christ': Thomas F. Torrance on the Christian Life." Handbook.
  • September 3, 2020: Tom Noble, "Incarnation and Atonement." Handbook.
  • September 10, 2020: Gary Deddo, "The Importance of the Personal in the Onto-relational Theology of Thomas F. Torrance." Handbook.
  • September 17, 2020: Todd Speidell, "Thomas F. Torrance's Influence upon Ray Anderson's Paradigm of a Practical Theology of Ministry." Handbook.
  • September 24, 2020: Jason Radcliff, "Thomas F. Torrance: Historian of Dogma." Handbook.
  • October 1, 2020: Myk Habets, "Theologia Is Eusebia: Thomas F. Torrance's Church Homiletics." Handbook.
  • October 8, 2020: Paul Molnar, "Thomas F. Torrance and Karl Barth: Similarities and Differences." Handbook.
  • October 15, 2020: Joel Scandrett, "Thomas F. Torrance and Ecumenism." Handbook.
  • October 22, 2020: Chris Kettler, “'Jesus Christ Is Our Human Response to God': Divine and Human Agency in the Theology of Thomas F. Torrance." Handbook.
  • October 29, 2020: Christopher Holmes, “Thomas F. Torrance and the Trinity." Handbook.
  • November 5, 2020: David Fergusson, "Thomas F. Torrance as a Scottish Theologian." Handbook.
  • November 12, 2020: Elmer Colyer, to discuss Ivor Davidson, "Why Read Torrance Today?" Handbook.
  • Nov 13 and 14, ANNUAL MEETING
  • November 19, 2020: Geordie Ziegler to discuss his book:
    • "Introduction," to Geordie W. Ziegler, Trinitarian Grace and Participation: An Entry Into the Theology of T.F. Torrance, Emerging Scholars (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press, 2017). About the book: #2017-GWZ-1. Discussion: Video.
  • November 26, 2020: No meeting.
    • Thanksgiving (American holiday).
  • December 3, 2020: Robert T. Walker, "The Innovative Fruitfulness of an/enhypostasis in Thomas F. Torrance." Handbook.
  • December 10, 2020: Andrew Purves, "The End of Ministry: Thomas F. Torrance and Eschatology." Handbook.
  • December 17, 2020: Alex Irving, to discuss his book:
    • Alexander J. D. Irving, T. F. Torrance's Reconstruction of Natural Theology: Christ and Cognition (Lexington Books, 2019); #2019-AJDI-1.
    • Chapter: We will specifically look at the chapter on TF's attitude to Logic, pp. 93-125. Discussion: Video.