Christianity stands or falls by what is believed and thought about Jesus. Brunner's thorough and provocative analysis of the Biblical doctrine of the Person and the work of Christ, establishing Jesus Christ as the Mediator between God and man, not only made the central theme of Christianity live again, but established him as one of the great modern theologians. Why should there be an intermediary between God and mankind Brunner's answer is that what matters supremely is not whether man is 'aware' of, or has a 'feeling' for 'something divine', but whether there is only one 'place' at which God challenges man to decision. The God who is real and alive is the God who confronts man in such a way that man knows that he must act. And Jesus Christ, the Mediator, confronts man with the true and living God. The deity of Christ, the humanity of Christ, the God-Man, the Incarnation, and the Atonement are re-examined and rescued from misunderstanding. The result is a clear and provocative discussion concluding that only in Jesus Christ can we know ourselves as we really are; and only in Jesus Christ can God be known as he really is.
Dr. 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.
Contents: FOREWORD BY CANON J. X. MOZLEY, D.D FOREWORD BY PROF. H. R. MACKINTOSH, D.D., Ph.D. TRANSLATOR'S NOTE PREFACE TO THE GERMAN EDITION PREFACE TO THE ENGLISH EDITION. BOOK ONE PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS I. The Distinction between General and Special Revelation II. The Obliteration of this Distinction in Modern Theology III. The Modern Conception of Christ IV. The Reason for the Distinction. The Assertion of Unbroken Unity V. The Depth of the Distinction. The Interpretation of the Problem of Evil VI. The Christian Faith and Historical Research (i) Faith and Historical Facts (ii) Faith and Historical Science (iii) Faith in Christ and the Results of Historical Research BOOK TWO THE PERSON OF THE MEDIATOR SECTION I - THE DEITY OF THE MEDIATOR VII. The Divine Word VIII. The Divine Nature Appendix: The Modern Interpretation of the Dogma of the Divine Nature of Christ IX. The Divine Person SECTION 2 - THE INCARNATION OF THE SON OR GOD X. The Self-Movement of God XI. The Eternal - Basis and the Temporal Event of the Incarnation XII. The Fact of the Incarnation SECTION 3 - THE HUMANITY or THE SON OF GOD XII. The Significance of the Humanity of Christ XIV. The Historical Figure of the God-Man Appendix The "Mythology" of Christianity BOOK THREE THE WORK OF THE MEDIATOR SECTION 1 - THE REVELATION XV. The Person and the Work of Christ XVI. The Person and Teaching of Christ SECTION 2 - RECONCILIATION XVII. The Necessity for Reconciliation. XVIII. The Penal Theory of the Atonement XIX. The Expiatory. Sacrifice XX. The Mediator XXI. The Atonement. Appendix Concerning the Supposed Contradiction between Paulinism and the Message of Jesus SECTION 3 - THE DOMINION OF GOD XXII. The Hidden King XXIII. The King Manifested CONCLUSION: Confessing Christ; Believing in Christ; Following Christ INDEX.