Emil Brunner’s spectacular 3 volume Dogmatics is still the best systematic theology ever produced. And today marks the anniversary of the publication of the second volume of the three, in 1950.
In the second volume, Brunner describes the Christian doctrines of Creation and Redemption. Fantastic stuff.
The great thing about Brunner is that he is accessible, and yet profound. That can be said of very few theologians- but it is most certainly true of him. If you want to know what creation and redemption are, he tells you in this book.
Brunner enjoyed another honor on 15 August a few years earlier in his life: he was given an Honorary Doctorate by Princeton University on this day in 1947. He would go on to make such lasting contributions to theology that he would be honored by a number of Universities in the same way.
No greater systematic theologian lived in the 20th century.