Torrance on Eschatology

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As I continue my reading of Torrance’s second volume, I find a quote of particular interest to me. (By the way, while you or I may disagree with T.C., I love his posts on Revelation. This one is is interesting.)

By eschatological is meant here what is directed toward the end, or toward the consummation in the final parousia, what is related to the eschaton, the last word and final act of God in Christ.

He goes on to state that this word simply means the intervention of the Eternal into the Temporal, and offers criticism of Bultmann’s views  and his ‘radical disjunction between this world and the other world of God, and his rejection and any interaction between God and this world which he holds to be a closed continuum of cause and effect.’ (pg71)

For Torrance, the parouisa is the reality of the unveiling of Christ’s work in which He would return to judge and renew his creation. He goes on to state – and remember, he is casting the sacraments as a backwards/forwards view of Christ – that eschatology in the New Testament involves a ‘twofold relation.’ This, for Torrance, seems to explain the mystery of the Eucharist, along other things.

While Torrance may present some difficult theology, his method of delivery is ideal for the lay person or the more scholarly among us. I doubt that everyone will agree with everything that he writes (has said), but we can admire him for his passion for Christ and the Scripture. In my opinion, if his method of delivery was the style of more Reformed ministers, it might be more tempting.

Post By Joel Watts (10,059 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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