Interview: Daniel J. Cameron

School/Institution:

The University of Aberdeen

Areas of Interest/Research:

T.F. Torrance, Christology, Ecclesiology

What is it about your field that you love researching?

The thing that I love most about researching in my field is that it is not just about getting to know more information but, rather, that in researching in my field I actually come to know God more and grow closer to Him. It is not just scholarship for me but a devotional and a worship activity as I speak about and come to know God.

What is one “big idea” in your scholarship?

As I think about this question, I do not think so much about a big idea within my scholarship but the big idea of my scholarship. That is, what is my goal in my scholarship. I see everything that I do as a scholar as an act of service to the Church of Jesus Christ. Thus, all that I do is to help them “no longer be children tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine…” but rather to help them “grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” (Eph 4:14-15)

What is your current research about?

I am currently researching the ecclesiology of T.F. Torrance. In particular I am arguing that modern ecclesiology suffers from a sociological and anthropological focus rather than a truly theological focus. This is a result of the historical development of ecclesiology which developed as a theological locus during the reformation as a way of distinguishing the Protestant Church from the Roman Catholic church and, thus, ecclesiology has not served the ecumenical movement. I believe that the scientific ecclesiology of T.F. Torrance can overcome this problem. 

Who is one of your academic heroes and why do you admire them?

One of my academic heroes is T.F. Torrance. I admire him because he did so much to bring Christ back to the center of our theology. When I read him for the first time, I felt like I was actually coming to know Jesus more and grow in my relationship with him. I fell in love with Jesus all over again.  

What books have been formative for you in your study? Why were they so important? How did they shape you?

The first book that comes to mind is Karl Barth’s Evangelical Theology. I had to read this book for my senior capstone course in undergrad (theology majors). Barth helped to connect me to my theology. That as I do theology there are things that should be true and characteristic of me. I now teach these principles to my theology students. The second book that comes to mind is T.F. Torrance’s Mediation of Christ. This book helped me to see the importance of centering Christ in my theology and to see the practical nature of theology.

Do you have any publications we can showcase?

Daniel J. Cameron, Flesh and Blood: A Dogmatic Sketch Concerning the Fallen Nature View of Christ’s Human Nature (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2016). 

Daniel J. Cameron “The Fallen Humanity of Christ and the Work of the Holy Spirit in the Thought of Edward Irving” in The Doctrine of the Incarnation Opened by Edward Irving. Abridged with responses (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2021)

https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/theologians/thomas-forsyth-tf-torrance.html

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/november-web-only/what-it-means-that-jesus-was-without-sin.html

Where can we follow you online?

Twitter: @RevMa80291

Blog: danieljordancameron.wordpress.com

If we ran into you at SBL/AAR and you didn’t want to talk about your field what would you want to talk about?

I love to talk about baseball. I am originally from Southern California and love the Angels. Now, living in Chicago, I follow the Cubs closely as well. My wife and I love to travel, and I would love to chat about my travels and my hopes for future travels. I spend a lot of my free time fishing and love to chat about that as well. 

Other than your thesis, what research/writing project are you working on right now that you’re excited about?

I just finished a project with Alex Irving on the theology of Edward Irving. I am beginning to rework a paper on Torrance’s scientific ecclesiology that I hope to submit to a journal sometime this year. I am also working on a paper on the importance of Torrance’s anthropology arguing that his theology of Christ’s fallen human nature for the recreation of humanity. 

>> Thank you so much Daniel for taking the time to share a bit about yourself and your work.


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