chapter  2
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Dualism: The Eclipse of Divine Revelation

In the preceding chapter we discuss Torrance’s christological formulation of revelation and mediation. Our discussion shows that in Torrance’s theological scheme Christ is the sole Mediator of God, and it is in and through him that divine self-disclosure is fully revealed and mediated. Because Jesus is who he is in himself as the Son of God, he completes the revelatory and mediatory works that God has initiated painstakingly with Israel in the course of human history. Being fully man and fully God in one person, Christ fulfils and establishes the normative pattern of the union and communion of divine and human action of revelation and mediation. Torrance is adamant that the christological foundation of revelation and mediation has to be guarded unreservedly against any distortion, as our apprehension of divine self-disclosure and the integrity of the Gospel stand or fall by it. Approaching Torrance in this light one could appreciate the reason of his relentless criticism of dualism. On this note, it is the purpose of this chapter to argue that Torrance’s conviction to safeguard the revelation and mediation of Christ is best evidenced in his persistent attacks on dualism.