Scholars have recognized T.F. Torrance as a ressourcement thinker in his later work while overlooking his earlier historical studies. In this article, I argue that in Calvin’s Doctrine of Man (1949) Torrance presents a rereading of Calvin in order to advance contemporary theological understanding and facilitate the reception of Karl Barth in postwar Scotland. In that work, Torrance attempts to resolve the debate between Brunner and Barth over natural theology by reinterpreting Calvin’s anthropology. Torrance accounts for Brunner’s claims regarding Calvin’s complex use and understanding of the imago dei while ultimately affirming Barth’s rejection of natural theology.
MettepenningenNouvelle Théologie10–13; Gabriel Flynn “Introduction: The Twentieth-Century Renaissance in Catholic Theology” in Ressourcement ed. Gabriel Flynn and P.D. Murray (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012) 5.
Thomas F. TorranceThe Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark1988). Myk Habets makes a similar claim in his critical introduction to the most recent edition of the work. Thomas F. Torrance The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Faith 2nd ed. (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark 2016).
Emil Brunner“Nature and Grace,” in Natural Theologyed. John Baillie trans. Peter Fraenkel (Eugene: Wipf & Stock2002) 35–50; Karl Barth “No! Answer to Emil Brunner” in Natural Theology ed. John Baillie trans. Peter Fraenkel (Eugene: Wipf & Stock 2002) 94–109.
John Baillie ed.“Introduction,” in Natural Theology: Comprising “Nature and Grace” by Professor Dr. Emil Brunner and the reply “No!” by Dr. Karl Barthtrans. Peter Fraenkel (London: Centenary1946) 5–12.
MullerThe Unaccommodated Calvin12–13; Richard A. Muller “The Barth Legacy: New Athanasius or Origen Redivivus? A Response to T.F. Torrance” The Thomist: A Speculative Quarterly Review 54 no. 4 (October 1 1990).