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Is Torrance opposed to healing ministries?

Is miraculous healing a nice thing that happens once in a great while when we ask God to do it, or is it central to the Church’s daily work in embodying the union of God and man in Christ? I enjoyed Ken Blue’s Authority to Heal, for example, but I’ve had long stretches of my life where I’m really not into that stuff.  I have gone back and forth on this more times than I’d like to admit.

So anyway, I was recently doing some T. F. Torrance reading, and I came upon this in his Atonement:

With the withdrawal of the resurrected body of Christ from visible and physical contact with us in this world, there is no appointed programme of anything like ‘faith healing’ or miraculous activity of a kindred sort. (Atonement, p. 306).

And then another in Incarnation.

To transmute the gift of healing from the strenuous domain of petitionary prayer to the sacramental domain as through we could have a sacrament of healing, or any programme of healing here and now is to deny the sacrament of the eucharist that we must take up our cross daily, die daily, and constantly communicate in the body and blood of Christ. It is to heal the hurt of God’s people too lightly, and to evade the fact that the cross must be inserted into the conditions of time, into the heart of our struggles and conflicts, redeeming the time. It is to deny that although we are redeemed, we wait for the redemption of the purchased possession. (Incarnation, p. 341).

I bring this up because this surprised me a bit, since most Torrancial people I know are rather INTO the healing thing.

What do you think?

Sermon: Reality is Relational

It was science that first drew me in to the theology of T. F. Torrance.  I didn’t even believe in God at the time, but when I heard our new theology professor John McKenna had studied under Einstein, I had to give him a listen.  The rest is history.

But it’s the science side of Torrance that has been the hardest for me to articulate to others — how the theologians the world needs right now are theologians who are also scientists, and how post-Einsteinian science has a lot of help to offer theologians as we attempt to dig ourselves out of our Augustinian ditches.

Anyway, I tried to communicate that in a recent sermon, and I think it went well, so I wanted to share it with my Trinity and Humanity family.  My topic is what Torrance liked to call “onto-relations” — relations between things that make those things what they are.  I talk about how science impacts our ways of thinking about God, and how that affects our ability to love God and love our neighbors.

The sermon started with a video clip, so I thought I’d include that too:

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