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dc.contributor.advisor Manschrek, Clyde
dc.contributor.advisor Chavanne, Harry
dc.contributor.advisor Chavanne, Hazel
dc.creatorJohnson, Wendell Gordon
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:26:30Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:26:30Z
dc.date.issued 1989
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/16245
dc.description.abstract Emil Brunner's theology is divided into three periods: predialectical (1914-1920), dialectical (1921-1927), and eristic-dogmatic (1928-1960). Each period is characterized by a particular epistemological construct, describing the source and medium of religious knowledge. The epistemological construct determines the content of Brunner's theology during each respective period. This dissertation analyzes Brunner's epistemology and shows how it applies to his doctrine of the atonement. Brunner's pre-dialectical theology grants an active epistemological role to the human religious subject. Abelard's exemplarist soteriology, which also emphasizes human initiative, best fits the mold of such an epistemology. Brunner's dialectical epistemology places the initiative entirely on the side of God. To coincide with this new epistemology, Brunner adopts Anselm's Cur Deus Homo as a soteriological model. Brunner refines his epistemology during his final period, granting a role to both God and humanity. His soteriology moves toward the type described by Gustav Aulen in Christus Victor.
dc.format.extent 273 p.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectTheology
dc.title Soteriology as a function of epistemology in the thought of Emil Brunner
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Religious Studies
thesis.degree.discipline Humanities
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
dc.identifier.citation Johnson, Wendell Gordon. "Soteriology as a function of epistemology in the thought of Emil Brunner." (1989) Diss., Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/16245.


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