Some New Photos of Emil Brunner

The awesome folk at TVZ have sent along, because I simply asked them to, some photos of Brunner I had not seen previously, from publication dust-jackets from back in the day when TVZ was known as the Zwingli Verlag and Brunner published his numerous volumes with them.

First, a couple of the full dust-jackets

And then the pictures of Brunner enlarged a bit:

Awesome, right!  Thanks, TVZ (to whom the rights of these photos belong, and which are used here by permission).

Why I Still Love Bob Cargill

Robert and I don’t see eye to eye on the gay marriage question.  I think that’s plain and clear to anyone and everyone who reads our blogs (and let’s face it, that’s everyone who is anyone).

In spite of our disagreement, though, for my part, affection remains undiminished.  Bob is the brightest young scholar in the fields of DSS studies and Archaeology (as well as digital technology) known to me in person or by reputation.  his work is astonishingly good and I would put him in the same league, intellectually, as Emil Brunner, Karl Barth, Gerhard von Rad, and Rudolf Bultmann.  Of course, he’s no Zwingli, but who really is besides Zwingli himself?

I mention my unwavering admiration because I’ve gotten a couple of snarky emails from persons who think I should take my views to what they call their ultimate conclusion and cut all ties to Bob.  That, slack jawed mouth breathers, I refuse to do.  Some of us are adults and some of us are able to agree that when we disagree nothing changes.

So endeth my public declaration.

Finis

Die Geschichte vom Sündenfall zwischen historischer Bibelkritik und Theologie: Die Kontroverse zwischen Ludwig Köhler, Emil Brunner und Hugo Gressmann aus dem Jahr 1926

An essay by the inestimably talented Konrad Schmid is online at Academia.edu titled Die Geschichte vom Sündenfall zwischen historischer Bibelkritik und Theologie: Die Kontroverse zwischen Ludwig Köhler, Emil Brunner und Hugo Gressmann aus dem Jahr 1926.  Give it a read.  I love this kind of research.  It’s fascinating!

Answering Your Letters

Dear Jim,

Apart from the Bible of course, if you could only recommend one book, what would it be?

Alan

Well that’s a simultaneously impossible and simple question to answer.  Impossible because there are so many very important books for Christians to read and simple because one springs immediately to mind.  And it might surprise you:  Emil Brunner’s Revelation and Reason: The Christian Doctrine of Faith and Knowledge.  It deals with everything from inspiration to science to modern culture.  It’s easy to read and so very, very insight filled.

If Christians today need to do one thing it’s to reclaim the Reformed doctrine of Revelation.  Brunner helps us do just precisely that.

If you can only get one book and one book only, get, and read, this one.  It is indispensable.  And no one, and I mean no one, really can, or should, consider him or herself a Christian theologian if they haven’t wrestled with and engaged the issues Brunner does.