Yes!! What a way to start the new year, I just received, in the mail, the book: Incarnation: The Person and Life of Christ by Thomas F. Torrance (this book was just posthumously published and released a couple of months ago). Let me say a quick word about Torrance, on a personal note; for me, and this is saying a lot, T. F. is the greatest theologian I have ever encountered—he is my all time favorite (and if I were ever to do a PhD, it would be on the theology of Torrance). What I appreciate most about him, is his encyclopedic knowledge of theology and ideas; covering the gamut from, the ‘Patristics’, through the ‘Reformation’, and all the way through ‘Karl Barth’. And beyond this, his ability to synthetically and evangelically incorporate all of this ‘past’ into his own unique theological framework — indeed a mark of a virtuoso and theologian par excellance! Now to the book, the one I just received; I am going to quote from the jacket (as intro.), and an endorsement from Rowan Williams, and then I exhort you all to go and read some T. F. Torrance (a good place to start is Torrance’s The Mediation of Christ, for a further reading list go to Travis’ site)!
The late Thomas F. Torrance has been called “the greatest Reformed theologian since Karl Barth” and the “the greatest British theologian of the twentieth century” by prominent voices in the church and academy.
His new book on Christology addresses both heart and head through a deeply biblical, unified, Christ-centered and trinitarian theology. Torrance presents a full account of the meaning and significance of the life and person of Jesus Christ, demonstrating that his work of revelation and reconciliation can only be understood in the light of who he is — real God and real man united in one person. Torrance contends that the whole life of Jesus Christ — from his birth, through his ministry, cross, resurrection and ascension to his second coming — is of saving significance.
This volume on the incarnation is the first of two volumes based on Torrance’s lectures on Christology delivered to students in Christian dogmatics at New College, Edinburgh, from 1952 to 1978. The second volume will address the atonement [I can’t wait 🙂 ]. (from the front jacket)
. . . No other book I know in English does what this superb volume does in presenting with absolute clarity the full classical doctrine of the universal church on the person and work of Christ, bringing together biblical, patristic and Reformation perspectives in a rich harmony. . . . This book is a wonderful legacy from one of the very greatest of English-language systematic theologians. — Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury (taken from the back jacket)
Now go read some Torrance 😉 !