Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lecture: Iain Torrance

Trinity and Creation: Ethical Implications
11.30 am - 12.30 pm
30 September 2008 (Tuesday)
Venue: Trinity Theological College


The Ethics of Forgiveness and Inclusion in the Early Church
9 am - 10.30 am
1 October 2008 (Wednesday)
Venue: True Way Presbyterian Church ( Opposite Queenstown MRT station )


The Ethics of Fragmentation in the Postmodern West
11 am - 1 pm
1 October 2008 (Wednesday)
Venue: True Way Presbyterian Church ( Opposite Queenstown MRT station )


Calvin's Understanding of the Church and Sacraments
7 pm - 9 pm
1 October 2008 (Wednesday)
Venue: True Way Presbyterian Church ( Opposite Queenstown MRT station )


Ordination and Ministry in the Reformed Tradition Today
11 am - 1 pm
2 October 2008 (Thursday)
Venue: True Way Presbyterian Church ( Opposite Queenstown MRT station )


These talks are jointly organized by Trinity Theological College for her 60th Anniversary and The Presbyterian Church In Singapore. For more detail, please phone Ms Tieu Ing Ing at6761 3608 or email : inging@ttc.edu.sg

Professor Iain R. Torrance is currently the President of Princeton Theological Seminary and Professor in Patristics.

He studied at the University of Edinburgh, where he earned an M.A. in mental philosophy, at St. Andrews University, where he earned a B.D. in New Testament languages and literature, and at Oxford University (Oriel College), where he earned a D.Phil in Syriac patristics.

He served as moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2003, and was elected as Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy of Science in 2007.

He has been co-editor of the Scottish Journal of Theology since 1982, and his wide-ranging interest includes early Christian Thought, the ethics of war and bioethics.

He has been granted the degree of Doctor of Divinity honoris causa by the Universities of Aberdeen and St. Andrews, the degree of Doctor of Theology honoris causa by Debrecen Reformed Theological University, and the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa by King College, Bristol, Tennessee. In 2007 he was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy of Science and Letters.

Iain Torrance's major authored and edited publications includes Christology after Chalcedon, Human Genetics: A Christian Perspective, To Glorify God: Essays on Modern Reformed Liturgy, and the recent The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology.

15 comments:

PuritanReformed said...

Does it not bother any of you that Princeton Theological Seminary is the bastion of Liberalism, since Machen's time? I wouldn't touch that apostate school in a thousand years.

Sze Zeng said...

Hi puritanreformed,

hmm...It wouldn't bother anyone who is not puritan + reformed, i guess :)

Leon KJ said...

Liberalism is apostate? On the contrary, I find the people who think like that remind me of the Pharisees and wait, didn't the Pharisees engineer Jesus crucification?

PuritanReformed said...

Leon:

If you want to continue to deny God's Word and reject the Holy One of Israel, be warned that who you are believing in is not the God of Christianity.

Joshua:

so I guess you would not consider yourself Reformed?

Leon KJ said...

Mr. PuritanReformed, again, your cock-sureness does not impress me, after all, weren't the pharisees as sure as you?

PuritanReformed said...

Leon:

I rather follow Jesus and Paul who were sure of what God has said in His Word rather than the radical postmodernist/modernist skepticism expressed by you as shown also in your blog.

Let God be true though every one were a liar (Rom. 3:4)

You have rejected the Word of God as being verbally plenarally inspired, and sufficient and perspicuous for the faith. Instead of having faith in God, you operate under the premises of humanistic skepticism when approaching God's Word and place your reason over God's Word instead of submitting to it. Your epistemology is humanistic instead of scriptural, JUST like the Pharisees whom you mistook for those being sure of God's Word.

Face it, you do not understand the Word of God because you refuse to submit your understanding to Him upon the throne, instead worshipping the intellect and its powers. As it is written:

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Cor. 1:18-21; 25. Bold added.)

As long as you pride yourself in your reason and intellect, and refuse to submit and believe in God's Word as your axiom and foundation, you are no different from the Pharisees who similarly refuse to submit themselves to the Word of God. Of course, at least the Pharisees claim to follow the Scriptures through studying them and following themn "literally".

Leon KJ said...

Ok, so I have to stop using my reason and intellect (dunno why God gave it to me if he doesn't expect me to use it), and submit to your particular hermeneutical framework (based on the present incumbent string of proof text) or be deemed apostate and condemned to hell? Interesting, I think I am gonna pass on your offer to join the Christian taliban and take my chances with God, thanks.

PuritanReformed said...

Leon:

you are surely welcome to do so. Don't blame anyone when He throws you into abject darkness for rejecting His Word.

P.S.: "Christian Taliban"? Do you liberals have something new? Your mockery of bible believing Christians is getting really boring; I would guess you would have invented some new term of derision by now.

PuritanReformed said...

Leon:

here's something for you to probably identify with

Authority - Everything other than my personal opinions is just someone else's personal opinion(http://www.spurgeon.org/images/pyromaniac/TeamPyro/e-s_038.jpg)
Belief - It can't be true if I don't like it(http://www.spurgeon.org/images/pyromaniac/TeamPyro/e-s_076.jpg)
Deconstruction - What kind of freedom would it be it we couldn't make the Bible mean what we want it to mean?
(http://www.spurgeon.org/images/pyromaniac/TeamPyro/e-s_024.jpg)
Justification - Thank you that I am not like those smug Pharisees(http://www.spurgeon.org/images/pyromaniac/TeamPyro/e-s_048.jpg)

Leon KJ said...

Christian Taliban is a perfect description of you - why bother looking for anything else? Anyone whose God hasn't told them to not use their reason anymore, will see how apt the description is from reading this thread.

PuritanReformed said...

Now, if Taliban = those who follow strictly the standard of their religion, then

Liberal Taliban = those who follow strictly the standard of Liberalism

and therefore Leon is a liberal taliban. Enjoy the irony!

Justification: Thank you that I am not like those smug Pharisees!

The Hedonese said...

Wow! Nothing expands the number of comments in a blog than the familiar deathmatch between hardcore liberal vs puritanically reformed folks :)

I'm gotta sit tis one out while the missiles fly (lots of fire and smoke, but little clarity here, sorry).

But just a word for the poor pharisees. The notion that pharisees as cocksure, self righteous prigs has been mellowed somewhat by the works of Edward Sanders decades ago, guys...

Leon KJ said...

Liberal Taliban and Hardcore Liberal are words aimed to make the two different positions as 2 different sides of the same coin. In reality, it's not 2 opposites, but a gradient of blissful ignorance on one end and reality on the other. Fundamentalism exist in enclaves of ignorance, and liberalism occurs when Christians dare to question certain assumptions that aren't so convincing after some exposure to the world outside the tempurung.

As for the death match, I had to stand up to the dogma police who is very happy to label those who don't share his narrow worldview as apostate. Not even heretic, apostate - its frustrating, like dealing with the taliban.

I keep quiet and respect the views of others - but when the taliban start throwing the apostate word around, its my moral duty to stand up to such bullies.

Sze Zeng said...

Hi puritanreformed,

Whether am i a Reformed or not depends on what do you mean by "Reformed".

Definitely I'm not a "puritan", so I'm fine with Iain Torrance. In fact I've attended his lectures. And i find them very enlightening.

Steven Sim said...

Be more gracious, what about puritanism, what about reformed tradtion, grace and scripture, none of us here were the first ppl to "discover" these truth and none of us will be the last. Don't assume others are ignorant "heretics" as well.

And yeah, as puritanreformed said in his blog: reformata et semper reformanda - reformed and always reforming...


Steven Sim