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Thomas F. Torrance: Theology and mission in practice

Caroline G, Seed, Daniel Lioy, Rikus Fick
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 1 | a2098 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.2098 | © 2016 Caroline G, Seed, Daniel Lioy, Rikus Fick | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 February 2016 | Published: 19 October 2016

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Caroline G, Seed, Department of Theology, Presbyterian University of East Africa, Kenya and Faculty of Theology, North-West University, South Africa
Daniel Lioy, Religious Studies Department, Department of Theology, Marylhurst University, United States; Faculty of Theology, North-West University, South Africa and The South African Theological Seminary, South Africa
Rikus Fick, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, South Africa


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Abstract

This article proposes that scholarship needs to take into account the intensely missional and practical nature of T.F. Torrance’s life and work. Using primary sources, it isolates mission to the Qiang in China as the area in which personal mission practice and theology coincide. It shows that Torrance’s theology of divine-human communion is rooted in the missio Dei, expressed in the nature of the perichoretic interrelations of the ontological Trinity and the mission of the economic Trinity in the world through the covenant history of Israel. This concept is illustrated practically in the mission history of the Qiang. A holistic concept of mission and theology is therefore at the heart of both Torrance’s biography and theology.

Keywords

T.F. Torrance; Qiang; Missio Dei; covenant

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