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Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal
Renowned theologian Alister E. McGrath presents a comprehensive intellectual history of Emil Brunner, the highly influential Swiss theologian who was instrumental in shaping modern Protestant theology. Explores Brunner's theological development and offers a critical engagement of his theology. Examines the role that Brunner played in shaping the characteristics of ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published February 3rd 2014 by Wiley-Blackwell
(first published January 1st 2013)
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For me, reading this book was not a "reappraisal" of Brunner, for I knew too little about him. I did know he was German (actually from Switzerland) and that his name often came up alongside Karl Barth. I also had some distrust of him due to his Neo-Orthodox label. But I now have a much greater respect for him as a theologian and cultural commentator. This book has led me to start reading some of Brunner's actual writings. There are still warning signs in reading Brunner. He was wrong about the ...more
World-class scholar, Alister McGrath has done a tremendous service for budding theologians on a most forgotten, misunderstood, and significant theologian of the 20th century: Emil Brunner. Brunner’s prominence is unjustly poised as “Barth’s inferior half” due to a poorly executed debate (McGrath claims from both sides) in 1934. And though Barth’s magisterial Kirchliche Dogmatik (Church Dogmatics) is the most dominant contribution, Brunner’s perceptive The Mediator, Man in Revolt, The ...more
Alister Edgar McGrath is a Northern Irish theologian, priest, intellectual historian, scientist, and Christian apologist. He currently holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, and is Professor of Divinity at Gresham College. He was previously Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King's College ...moreMore about Alister E. McGrath...