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Paul Tillich: Theologian of the Boundaries

Paul Tillich

Theologian of the Boundaries

Mark Kline Taylor (Editor)


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Paul Tillich, forced into exile by the Nazis in 1933, settled in the United States. His many theological works and especially his three volume Systematic Theology have had a profound influence upon contemporary religious thought. This volume concentrates on the key texts and ideas in Tillich's thought. It presents the essential Paul Tillich for students and the general reader. Taylor's introductory essay and notes on the selected texts set Tillich in his historical context, chart the development of this thought and indicate the significance of his theology in the development of Christian theology as a whole. Substantial selections from Tillich's work illustrate key themes:
  • The struggle for a new theonomy
  • Protestant theology amid socialist crisis
  • In the sacred void: being and God
  • Amid structures of destruction: Christ as new being
  • Among the ambiguities of life: Spirit and churches
  • In the end: revisioning and hope
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800634032
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 8.5 x 5.5
  • Pages 352
  • Publication Date September 19, 1991

Table of Contents

Editor's Note


The Theological Development and Contribution of Paul Tillich


1. The Struggle for a New Theonomy
On the Idea of a Theology of Culture
Basic Principles of Religious Socialism

2. Protestant Theology amid Socialist Crisis
Realism and Faith
Nature and Sacrament
The Two Roots of Political Thought
What is Wrong with the "Dialectic" Theology?
The Church and the Third Reich: Ten Theses

3. In the Sacred Void: Being and God
Religion and Secular Culture
The Problem of Theological Method
The Ontological Structure and Its Elements
God as Being and as Living
The Courage to Be

4. Amid Structures of Destruction: Christ as New Being
Existentialism and Christian Theology
From Essence to Existence (The Fall)
Estrangement and Sin
Self-Destruction and Evil
Jesus as the Christ
The New Being in Jesus as the Christ

5. Among the Ambiguities of Life: Spirit and the Churches
The Divine Spirit in the Functions of Life
The Spirit in Self-integration (Morality)
The Spirit in Self-creativity (Culture)
The Spirit in Self-transcendence (Religion)
The Kingdom of God and World History

6. In the End: Revisioning and Hope
The Significance of the History of Religions for the Systematic Theologian
The Right to Hope: A Sermon


Subject Index
Index of Names