Emil Brunner

Emil Brunner (ā´mēl brŏŏn´ər), 1889–1966, Swiss Protestant theologian. A clear and systematic thinker from the school of dialectical theology, he was a professor of theology at the Univ. of Zürich (1924–53) and Christian Univ., Tokyo (1953–55). He several times visited and lectured in the United States. Like Karl Barth he challenged the leaders of modern rational and liberal Christian theology and proclaimed a theology of revelation. The Christian faith, he maintained, arises from the encounter between individuals and God as He is revealed in the Bible. Brunner, in attempting later to leave a place for natural theology in his system, came into conflict with Barth over the question of natural revelation. Brunner refused to accept the radical divorce between grace and human consciousness that Barth proposed. His more important works include Die Mystik und das Wort (1924), Der Mittler (1927, tr. The Mediator, 1934), Das Gebot und die Ordnungen (1932, tr. The Divine Imperative, 1937), Der Mensch in Widerspruch (1937, tr. Man in Revolt, 1939), Wahrheit als Begegung (1938, tr. The Divine-Human Encounter, 1943), and Christianity and Civilization (2 vol., 1948–49).

See study by J. Edward Humphrey (1984).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Theology of Emil Brunner
Charles W. Kegley.
Macmillan, 1962
Justice and the Social Order
Emil Brunner; Mary Hottinger.
Harper & Brothers, 1945
Religion and Revelation: A Theology of Revelation in the World's Religions
Keith Ward.
Clarendon Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Barth and Brunner: Revelation without Reasons"
The Knowledge of God in Calvin's Theology
Edward A. Dowey Jr.
Columbia University Press, 1952
Librarian’s tip: "The Barth-Brunner Controversy on Calvin" begins on p. 247
Living Options in Protestant Theology: A Survey of Methods
John B. Cobb.
Westminster Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Emil Brunner"
The Market Economy and Christian Ethics
Peter H. Sedgwick.
Cambridge University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Emil Brunner begins on p. 190
Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians
Patrick W. Carey; Joseph T. Lienhard.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Brunner, H. Emil" begins on p. 97
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