Isaak August Dorner

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Isaak August Dorner

Isaak August Dorner (born June 20, 1809 in Neuhausen ob Eck ; † July 8, 1884 in Wiesbaden ) was a German Protestant theologian, theology professor in Tübingen , Kiel , Königsberg , Bonn , Göttingen and Berlin and an influential Protestant church politician.


Dorner studied Protestant theology and philosophy at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen since 1829 . In 1834 he became a repeat professor and in 1838 associate professor of theology in Tübingen, 1839 professor at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel , 1843 at the University of Königsberg , 1847 at the University of Bonn , 1853 at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen , finally in 1862 senior consistorial councilor and Professor of Systematic Theology (until 1883) at the Friedrich Wilhelms University in Berlin. There he was also the first ephorus of the evangelical-theological Konvikt Johanneum , which he supervised intensively.

Dorner was already active in church politics as a consistorial councilor in Königsberg. As a member of the Prussian General Synod in 1846 , he advocated the Prussian Union and a reform of the church constitution . In 1848 he published a call for the separation of the church from the state, which he considered to be inevitable after the upheavals of the March Revolution . In doing so, he influenced the founding of the German Protestant Church Congress , in which he participated intensively. Under President Emil Herrmann , he was considered the theological authority of the Evangelical Upper Church Council of the Evangelical Regional Church in Prussia .

His son August Johannes Dorner (1846–1920) was also professor of theology in Königsberg.

Works (selection)

  • Development history of the doctrine of the person of Christ . Stuttgart 1839
  • Pietism, especially in Württemberg . Hamburg 1840
  • The doctrine of the person of Christ . 3 vols. Stuttgart 1846–56
  • Letter about reform of the Protestant regional churches in connection with the establishment of an Evangelical-German national church . 1848
  • About the theological concept of union and its relationship to the Confession . 1856
  • About the correct formulation of the dogmatic concept of the immutability of God. In: Yearbooks for German Theology, Vol. 1, 1856, pp. 361–416; Vol. 2, pp. 440-500; Vol. 3, pp. 579-660.
  • History of Protestant Theology . Munich 1867
  • System of Christian doctrine . 2 vols. Berlin 1879–81
  • System of Christian moral teaching . Berlin 1885


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