The Mediator: A Study of the Central Doctrine of the Christian Faith

By Emil Brunner

A thorough and provocative analysis of the biblical doctrine of the Person and the Work of Christ, establishing Jesus as the mediator between God and man.

ISBN: 9780718890506


Christianity stands or falls by what is believed and thought about Jesus. Brunner’s thorough and provocative analysis of the Biblical doctrine of the Person and the work of Christ, establishing Jesus Christ as the Mediator between God and man, not only made the central theme of Christianity live again, but established him as one of the great modern theologians. Why should there be an intermediary between God and mankind? Brunner’s answer is that what matters supremely is not whether man is ‘aware’ of, or has a ‘feeling’ for ‘something divine’, but whether there is only one ‘place’ at which God challenges man to decision.

The God who is real and alive is the God who confronts man in such a way that man knows that he must act. And Jesus Christ, the Mediator, confronts man with the true and living God. The deity of Christ, the humanity of Christ, the God-Man, the Incarnation, and the Atonement are re-examined and rescued from misunderstanding. The result is a clear and provocative discussion concluding that only in Jesus Christ can we know ourselves as we really are; and only in Jesus Christ can God be known as he really is.

Additional information

Dimensions 229 × 153 mm
Pages 628


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About the Author

Dr Emil Brunner was made Privatdozent at the University of Zurich at the age of 33, and later was appointed Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology. In 1953 he became Professor of Christian University, Tokyo (Japan) and in 1955 returned to Zurich.

His three-volume masterpiece Dogmatics is available from our sister imprint James Clarke and Co Ltd.


Foreword by Canon J.K. Mozley, DD
Introduction by Prof H.R. Mackintosh, DD, PhD
Translator’s Note
Preface to the German Edition
Preface to the English Editor

Book One: Preliminary Considerations

I. The Distinction Between General and Special Revelation
II. The Obliteration of this Distinction in Modern Theology
III. The Modern Conception of Christ
IV. The Reason for the Distinction. The Assertion of Unbroken Unity
V. The Depth of the Distinction. The Interpretation of the Problem of Evil
VI. The Christian Faith and Historical Research

Book Two: The Person of the Mediator

Section 1: The Deity of the Mediator
VII. The Divine Word
VIII. The Divine Nature
IX. The Divine Person

Section 2: The Incarnation of the Son of God
X. The Self-Movement of God
XI. The Eternal Basis and the Temporal Event of the Incarnation
XII. The Fact of the Incarnation

Section 3: The Humanity of the Son of God
XIII. The Significance of the Humanity of Christ
XIV. The Historical Figure of the God-Man

Book Three: The Work of the Mediator

Section 1: The Revelation
XV. The Person and the Work of Christ
XVI. The Person and Teaching of Christ

Section 2: Reconciliation
XVII. The Necessity for Reconciliation
XVIII. The Penal Theory of Atonement
XIX. The Expiatory Sacrifice
XX. The Mediator
XXI. The Atonement

Section 3: The Dominion of God
XXII. The Hidden King
XXIII. The King Manifested
Conclusion: Confessing Christ; Believing in Christ; Following Christ