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Brunner, Emil (1889–1966)

  1. Myles Werntz

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0199

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Werntz, M. 2011. Brunner, Emil (1889–1966). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Emil Brunner is located most accurately within the neo-orthodox movement within Protestantism. Colleague and occasional sparring partner of fellow Swiss theologian Karl Barth, Brunner is best known for his three-part systematic theology and as the first expositor of the “neo-orthodox” school in the English-speaking world. Educated at Zurich (1913), Brunner taught primarily at the University of Edinburgh, with other posts at the International Christian University in Tokyo and Princeton Theological Seminary.


  • Brunner, Emil (1889–1966);
  • neo-orthodox movement, within protestantism;
  • dialectical revival in theology;
  • revelation of christ, as told by the scripture;
  • philosophical cues from kierkegaard;
  • Brunner, overcoming the I/thou split, of Buber and Ebner;
  • Brunner's influence on ecclesiology;
  • Brunner arguing for priority of the spirit, within the church