Emil Brunner (1889-1966) was a highly influential Swiss theologian who, along with Karl Barth, is associated with Neo-Orthodoxy or the dialectical theology movement. Ordained in the Swiss Reformed Church, Brunner served as a pastor at Obstalden, Switzerland, from 1916 to 1924. In 1924 he became professor of systematic and practical theology at the University of Zürich, where he taught continuously, except for extensive lecture tours in the United States and in Asia.

"Like Karl Barth he challenged the leaders of modern rational and liberal Christian theology and proclaimed a theology of revelation. The Christian faith, he maintained, arises from the encounter between individuals and God as He is revealed in the Bible. Brunner, in attempting later to leave a place for natural theology in his system, came into conflict with Barth over the question of natural revelation. Brunner refused to accept the radical divorce between grace and human consciousness that Barth proposed."^[1]^

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  1. ? "Brunner, Emil" in The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition (2001-2007).

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