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Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 24, Issue 1, 1997/1998

John V. Apczynski
Pages 32-34

Torrance on Polanyi and Polanyi on God
Comments on Weightman's Criticisms--A Review Essay

This review discusses Weightman's interpretation of Torrance's appropriation of Polanyi's theory of science; Weightman shows how Torrance develops a contemporary “natural”theology, moving beyond Barthian roots, but he argues Torrance misconstrues Polanyi's understanding of “religion” and God. I support Weightman's account, acknowledging much of his argument regarding the nature of religion, but I question whether his constructivist view of God can support the role it must play in Polanyi's thought.

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