"In the realm of doctrine the Christian Church has always recognised a twofold task: one concerning the Church itself; the other concerning the outside world, the world of doubt and unbelief. Although, at a time like the present, the conflict with unbelief and false ideologies may seem the more urgent one, yet the first task is always fundamental. For how can the Church do justice to her missionary calling in an un-Christian world if she is not herself clear about the content of her message? All down her history the Christian Church has given much thought to the basis, meaning and content of the message she has received - and is bound to proclaim; this process of reflection is what we mean by 'dogmatics'." From the Introduction: Available in three volumes, this is one of the great works of 20th Century theology. Brunner presents a profoundly biblical systematic theology, finding a path between the ideas of Barth and Bultmann. The first volume covers the doctrine of God. After an introduction setting out the nature of Dogmatics, the main topics covered are the nature of God and the Will of God.
Dr. Emil Brunner was made Privatdozent at the University of Zurich at the age of 33, and later was appointed Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology. In 1953 he became Professor of Christian University, Tokyo (Japan) and in 1955 returned to Zurich. He is also the author of: The Mediator (1934), Man in Revolt (1939), The Divine Imperative (1941), Justice and Social Order (1945), The Misunderstanding of the Church (1952), The Letter to the Romans (1959), The Great Invitation Zurich Sermons (1955) and I Believe in the Living God (1961). All of the above titles have now been republished by The Lutterworth Press.
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