Tillich, Paul

Tillich, Paul
(1886-1965)
   A German philosophical theologian, Tillich, under Nazi pressure for his socialistic views, emigrated to the USA in 1934, and then taught at Union Theological Seminary, Harvard, and the University of Chicago, eventually achieving wide public recognition, even appearing on the cover of Time magazine. His popular works include collected sermons in The Courage to Be (1952) and The Eternal Now (1963). Tillich defended a 'method of correlation', in which theological formulation is determined by the present existential questions/concerns of society. In this way theology is ensured apologetic relevance. Among these points of correlation is Tillich's identification of an existential fear of not being and the universality of an 'ultimate concern', which Tillich interprets as God. Since everyone has an ultimate concern, atheism is, strictly speaking, impossible. Tillich was critical of ontotheology, as he stressed that God is not a being, but the ground of being. Since God transcends existence it is wrong to say that God exists. The answer to our existential struggle is in the 'New Being' (Christ), who offers us the means to the 'essentialisation' that makes us whole. Tillich's Systematic Theology (1951, 1957, 1963) is the fullest presentation of his work. Critics contend that the method of correlation produces a theology only as good as the questions being asked, and it is often at this point that a prophetic voice is necessary. Moreover, his theology is overly abstract, and shows little interaction with Scripture.
   Further reading: Tillich 1951-63 and 1952

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