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Princeton Theological Seminary President Iain Torrance will speak at King College
on March 5 at 10:30 a.m. in King's Memorial Chapel as part of the continuing Buechner
Institute Lecture series.
The Buechner Institute has provided a wide array of lecturers again this year, said
Dale Brown, director of the Buechner Institute at King College. We have come at questions
of faith and culture from many directions. Monday will be another look into the grand
scheme of things.
Torrance began his ministry in a parish church in the Shetland Islands 200 miles north
of Scotland. His pastoral experiences include service as a reservist chaplain to Britain's
armed forces from 1982 to 2000. He began his calling to teach as a lecturer at the
Queen's College, Birmingham, and the University of Birmingham in England. He went
on to join the faculty of Aberdeen University, where he was professor in patristics
and Christian ethics. In 2001, he became dean of the faculty of Arts and Divinity.
In the same year, he was appointed a chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen, an office
that he retains.
Torrance's wide-ranging scholarship has focused on early Christian thought, the ethics
of war, and bioethics. He has been co-editor of The Scottish Journal of Theology since
1982. He is interested in ecumenism and is co-chair of the international dialogue
between the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Orthodox Church.
In May 2003, Torrance was elected moderator of the General Assembly of the Church
of Scotland; he completed his term in May 2004. As moderator, he traveled throughout
the church, including visits to Iraq, Eritrea, Sudan, and China. Torrance is also
a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's National Academy
of Science and Letters. He was elected Princeton Theological Seminary's sixth president
in 2004, a role from which he recently announced his retirement.
Iain R. Torrance was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and studied at the University of
Edinburgh, where he earned a Master of Arts in mental philosophy, at St. Andrews University,
where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity in New Testament languages and literature,
and at Oxford University (Oriel College), where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in
Syriac patristics. He has been granted honorary doctorates by the universities of
St. Andrews, Aberdeen, Debrecen, and King College.
Iain Torrance will present The Bible in English: Tyndale and His Followers and Imitators
at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 5 in the King College Memorial Chapel. The event is
open to the public and free to attend. For more information, contact Dale Brown at
423.652.4156 or visit www.buechnerinstitute.org.