Dogmatics: Volume III: The Christian Doctrine of the Church, Faith and the Consummation

By Emil Brunner

The third of three volumes, on the Doctrine of the Church, Faith and Consummation, this is one of the great works of 20th-century theology.

ISBN: 9780227172209


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 third volume covers the doctrine of the Church and of Faith, presenting the nature of the Church as a reflection of God’s self-revelation through the Holy Spirit, and the Consummation in eternity of the Divine Self-communication.

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Dimensions216 × 140 mm

Hardback, Paperback

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About the Author

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.



Part 3: God’s Self-Communication as His Seld-Representation Through the Holy Spirit

Section I: Ekklesia and the Church
1. Church and Holy Spirit
2. The Ground and Nature of the Ekklesia
3. The Primitive Christian Ekklesia and the Pauline Idea of the Ekklesia
4. The Development of the Ekklesia into the Church
5. Delaying Factors in the Development of the Ekklesia into the Church, and Attempts to Restore the Ekklesia
6. The Church as Instrument and Shell of the Ekklesia
7. The Crisis of the Church in Europe
8. The Search for the New Form of the Church
9. The Essential Marks of the Church According to the Apostolic Witness of Faith

Section II: The New Life in Christ
10. The Ekklesia as Presupposition of Faith
11. Faith and Unbelief
12. Faith According to the Witness of Scripture
13. The Misunderstanding of Faith
14. The Perfected Form of Faith: The Justification of the Sinner by Faith Alone
15. Justifying Faith in Christ and the Creed of the Church
16. Doctrinal Belief and Belief in the Bible as the Vehicle of Pistis
17. Faith and Knowledge
18. The Certainty of Faith, and Doubt
19. Regeneration as a Special Aspect of Justification
20. Conversion
21. Sanctification
22. The Commandment of Love and the Law
23. The Christian in the World
24. The Theology of Prayer

Part 4: The Consummation in Eternity of the Divine Self-Communication

1. Faith as Hope
2. The Objection of Unbelief to the Christian Hope
3. The Kingdom of God and Eternal Life
4. The Kingdom of God as the Meaning and Goal of History
5. The Christian Understanding of Eternity
6. The Mystery of Death
7. To Depart and Be With Christ
8. The Coming of the Lord in Glory: The Parousia
9. The Resurrection
10. Universalism and World Judgment
11. The Consummation


Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Index of Scripture References