Karl Barth-Emil Brunner Correspondence
The Barth-Brunner correspondence, containing 174 letters, offers a glimpse into the dynamic interactions of two of the twentieth century's greatest theological minds. The letters betray the personalities of both men as they engage in intense and explicit theological discussion, debate,...
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The Barth-Brunner correspondence, containing 174 letters, offers a glimpse into the dynamic interactions of two of the twentieth century's greatest theological minds. The letters betray the personalities of both men as they engage in intense and explicit theological discussion, debate, and criticism. The correspondence is rife with references to other theologians and theological positions, giving a telling account of how Barth and Brunner viewed themselves in relation to Christianity and philosophy, as well as their teachers, contemporaries, and students, ultimately offering a unique glimpse into the theology and the history of the Christian church in the twentieth century. Accordingly, the letters will clearly challenge some popular conceptions.
Heinrich Emil Brunner (December 23, 1889, Winterthur - April 6, 1966, Zurich) was a Swiss Protestant (Reformed) theologian. He studied at the universities of Zurich and Berlin, receiving his doctorate in theology from Zurich in 1913, with a dissertation on The Symbolic Element in Religious Knowledge. Brunner served as pastor from 1916 to 1924 in the mountain village of Obstalden in the Swiss Canton of Glarus. In 1919-1920 he spent a year in the United States studying at Union Theological Seminary in New York. In 1921 Brunner published a post-doctoral dissertation on Experience, Knowledge and Faith and in 1922 was appointed a Privatdozent at the University of Zurich. Soon after, another book followed: Mysticism and the Word (1924), which was a devastating critique of the liberal theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher. Brunner was rewarded for his literary efforts with his appointment in 1924 as Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at the University of Zurich, a post which he held until his retirement in 1953. Following this appointment Brunner's reputation as a theologian continued to increase, particularly after the publication of two further important works in 1927. Brunner undoubtedly holds a place of prominence in Protestant theology in the 20th century and was one of the four or five leading systematicians.
Karl Barth was described by Pope Pius XII as the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas, the Swiss Pastor and Theologian, and Barth continues to be a major influence on students, scholars and preachers. Barth's theology found its expression mainly through his closely reasoned fourteen part magnum opus, Die Kirchliche Dogmatik. Having taken over 30 years to write, the Church Dogmatics is regarded as one of the most important theological works of all time, and represents the pinnacle of Barth's achievements as a theologian. Some of his other major works include The Epistle to the Romans; Evangelical Theology, Christian Life; Christ and Adam and The Humanity of God.
David Andrew Gilland received a MTS from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and a PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of Aberdeen, UK. He currently teaches at Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany.
- Translators Preface: David Andrew Gilland Foreword To German Edition: Eberhard Busch Abbreviations Karl Barth-emil Brunner Correspondence: Letters 1-174 Appendix: 20 Related Items Including Unsent Letters, Letters To Other Individuals, And Notes Index I. Scripture References Ii. Persons Iii. Subjects Iv. Bibliography Of Cited And Relevant Works, Including Lectures And Seminars