Isaak A. Dorner. The Triune God and the Gospel of Salvation, by Jonathan Norgate, assesses the way in which the Christian doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation for all other Christian doctrines, especially the Christian understanding of salvation. This volume presents a detailed investigation of the approach of the German Lutheran theologian Isaak A. Dorner to this question, as Norgate is offering an analysis of Dorner’s arguments concerning the priority of the doctrine of God for Christian belief and dogmatics.
We have already received some commendable reviews of this volume:
‘This is an impressive study—Norgate deftly explores what is very complex conceptual terrain to offer a greatly insightful analysis of the dogmatic architecture of I.A. Dorner's System of Christian Doctrine. He lucidly demonstrates the central role that the ideas of divine aseity and the ‘absolute and ethical personality’ of the triune God play in shaping the doctrines of creation, christology, salvation with the System, while scrutinising with care the implications of Dorner’s apologetic aims and 'supralapsarian' logic. There is much to learn here not only about Dorner’s own theological achievement, but also about the very task and shape of Christian theology itself.’ – Philip Ziegler, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
‘Isaak Dorner belongs to what might be called the forgotten generation of nineteenth century German systematic theologians. Coming after Schelling, Hegel and Schleiermacher, they often combined impulses from these great predecessors to develop a theology that affirms the knowledge-element of Christian doctrine, stresses the divine Personality, and is profoundly Christocentric. At its heart it is a theology that attempts to do full justice to what it means to say ‘God is Love’. Eclipsed by subsequent theological movements, it has to be admitted that these thinkers clothed their thought in a systematic form that can be forbidding to contemporary readers. Nevertheless, as Norgate shows here, there is both real Christian conviction in their work and much from which contemporary theology can learn. Attentive to Dorner’s critics, Norgate offers a lucid presentation of the defining points of his subject’s theology that will go a long way not only towards rehabilitating Dorner himself but also to increasing interest in this unjustly neglected group of thinkers.’ – George Pattison, Christ Church, Oxford, UK.
Isaak A. Dorner. The Triune God and the Gospel of Salvation is available in the UK in June 2009 and in the US in September 2009.