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King University News :: President of Princeton Theological Seminary to Speak at King College

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.