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Dorner, Isaak August (1809–1884)

  1. Michael Allen

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0445

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Allen, M. 2011. Dorner, Isaak August (1809–1884). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Born in 1809, the son of a Lutheran pastor, and educated at Tübingen under F. C. Baur, Isaak Dorner influenced German Lutheranism through a series of professorships, extensive writing, and ecclesiastical involvement. He went to Tübingen in 1839 as tutor and then associate professor of Theology, followed by professorships at Königsberg in 1843, at Bonn in 1847, at Göttingen in 1853, and eventually at Berlin in 1862. He founded and edited the Jahrbücher für deutsche Theologie beginning in 1856. During his time in Berlin he also served on the superior church council. He died in 1884.


  • Dorner, Isaak August (1809–1884);
  • influencing German lutheranism;
  • Dorner's writings, historical surveys of Christian doctrine;
  • German Protestant theology, inroads of kantian epistemology;
  • system of Christian doctrine;
  • massive system of Christian ethics;
  • divine immutability, german kenotic christology;
  • Barth's principle of reformation, to theology proper