Torrance on Natural Laws

‘…if we work with the assumption that the laws of nature must be timelessly and necessarily true, we cut out any notion of contingence from our understanding of the universe and its rational order; or if we work with a deterministic and mechanistic conception of the universe as a closed continuum of cause and effect, we rule out of scientific explanation right away all the higher intangible levels of human experience and even put forward a completely impersonal view of science from which the human mind is excluded.’ (T.F. Torrance, ‘Reality and Evangelical Theology’, p. 55)