This article examines the views of Thomas Torrance as a significant development of Karl Barth's theology concerning natural theology, general revelation, and natural science. It first wants to make clear what is meant by Barth's rejection of natural theology on Christological grounds. Next, it examines how Torrance integrates natural theology into his Christology.
In this paper, the author reflects upon a number of interpretive principles that the author of Hebrews used in his letter, in particular Hebrews 2. These principles are pastoral/rhetorical, Christological, and contextual principles. The use of the Old Testament receives focused attention since that is where the author’s hermeneutical practice is most evident.
What is the church? The author wants to reflect on what he calls the "essence of the church," by which he means something more than just the functions of the church. He wants to look at the church in terms of carrying on the mission of Jesus. He develops his approach following the paradigm of the offices Jesus fulfilled while he was on earth: prophet, priest, and king. His purpose is to give a Christological understanding of the church.