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Divine Immutability: A Critical Reconsideration

Author: 
Isaak August Dorner (Author) Robert R. Williams (Translator) Claude Welch (Translator)
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Description

Occasioned by the nineteenth-century kenotic christological controversy, Isaak Dorner's essay—which is here completely translated into English for the first time—remains one of the most extensive historical, philosophical, and theological treatments of immutability to date. Dorner was initially attracted to kenoticism—that the incarnation as a divine self-divestment implies that God undergoes change—but rejects it in Part One.

Part Two is a historical survey of the classical doctrine from the patristic period to Schleiermacher which shows the longstanding connection between divine immutability, God's goodness, and soteriology. Dorner concluded that this formulation was not mistaken, but extreme and one-sided, making positive relations between God, time, and history implausible.

Part Three offers Dorner's reconstruction.
ISBN: 
9780800632137
Price: 
$19.00
Release date: 
November 1, 1994
Pages: 
208
Width: 
8.50
Height: 
5.50

Endorsements

"Dorner's critique still has its importance for the discussion on christology."
-- Wolfhart Pannenberg,
University of Munich