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Nineteenth century Lutheran Church leader Isaak August Dorner traced the roots of doctrine in a way never seen before. In his major works, History of the Development of the Doctrine of the Person of Christ and A System of Christian Doctrine, Dorner presents historical evidence and philosophical proofs for Christian doctrine as they were understood in his time. He tracks important theological ideas back to their conception and identifies their contribution to Christian theology as a whole.
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Praise for Isaak August Dorner
Dorner’s critique still has its importance for the discussion on christology.
Acknowledged Isaak A. Dorner’s masterpiece, A System of Christian Doctrine is a colossal systematic theology on doctrines of Protestant belief. This first volume covers doctrine concerning two topics: faith and God. Dorner delivers a unique perspective on doctrinal theology, establishing Christian beliefs in comparison with—and distinct from—traditions and beliefs practiced according to other world religions. As if an apologist, Dorner develops Christian theology to stand above, and apart from, other religions.
The second volume in Dorner’s massive doctrine on Christianity, this volume covers the complex doctrine of the trinity of God, the nature of man, and finally, the unity of God and man. At the end of this volume, Dorner begins his discourse on the doctrines of sin and salvation.
This doctrinal theology of ethics was originally intended to be split into two parts as a sequel to A System of Christian Doctrine. Edited and published posthumously, System of Christian Ethics is a complete and standalone work that addresses dogmatic ethics and morality, creating a complete system in the framework of Christianity as established by Scripture and hundreds of Christian philosophers before Dorner.
Dorner’s system of Christian ethics is built upon his great monumental work on doctrine. . . . another great work that Germany has produced, on a subject that scarcely receives the attention it deserves from English theologians. Indeed, we cannot name any book of really high merit on Christian ethics produced by an English theological writer. . .
—The British Quarterly Review, vol. 83
History of the Development of the Doctrine of the Person of Christ, part 1, vol. 1
Author: Isaak August Dorner
Translators: William Lindsay Alexander and D. W. Simon
These five volumes comprise a gargantuan history of the theologians and writers who have contributed to the theology of Christ. Containing not only commentary on theologians and their works but also a look at church history and the shaping of doctrine, these volumes present substantial evidence supporting early doctrines of the person of Christ.
Volume one of part one covers the shaping of this doctrine up until AD 180.
‘The work of Dr Dorner will be found peculiarly to excel exactly where these most fail. Purely scientific in its character, and the result of long and patient study of the original sources, it supplies a comprehensive, impartial, and exhaustive survey of the whole subject of which it treats. The author preserves throughout the tone of a judge, calmly and perspicuously weighing all the evidence that can be brought to bear on the case; patiently collecting every particle of evidence pertaining to the subject; and pronouncing his decision without regard to polemical considerations, or the interests of parties.’
—from the preface
History of the Development of the Doctrine of the Person of Christ, part 1, vol. 2
After Dorner published History of the Development of the Doctrine of the Person of Christ, his success as a theological historian was secured—and was recognized when the Historical Commission of the Royal Academy of Sciences commissioned him to write a history of Protestant theology. In these two volumes, the History of Protestant Theology expresses Dorner’s deep and meditative knowledge on Protestant theology as it was developed, specifically in Germany. His knowledge from his experience travelling among historical churches and cathedrals in Germany, as well as his experience teaching throughout Germany, brings invaluable insight to his abounding knowledge of the history of Protestant theology.
This first volume deals with the pre-Reformation period, the Middle-Ages, and the development of Protestant theology through the late 1600s.
The second volume of Dorner’s History of Protestant Theology deals with the development of Protestant theology from the 1600s until the late 1800s.
Title: Isaak August Dorner Collection
Author: Isaak August Dorner
Publisher: T&T Clark, Scribner & Welford
About Isaak August Dorner
Isaak August Dorner (1809–1884) was a German theologian and professor. He was educated at the University of Tübingen and Maulbronn. He travelled widely throughout Europe, learning theology and pastoral ministry from his father during their travels. After writing History of the Development of the Doctrine of the Person of Christ, he was invited to teach at Kiel, where he continued to write. From there, he moved from university to university, teaching at Königsberg, Bonn, and Göttingen. His son, August Dorner, also became a theologian and church leader.