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The Irrelevance and Relevance of the Christian Message is a transcript of Paul Tillich's 1963 Earl Lectures at the Graduate Theological Union. Delivered just two years before his death, these lectures present Tillich's heartfelt and deeply personal understanding of the relevance of Christian preaching and Christian theology. Why, Tillich asks, has the Christian message become seemingly irrelevant to contemporary society? Is the gospel able to give answers to the questions raised by the existentialist analysis of the human predicament? Yes, he answers-but in order to do so Christian teaching and preaching need to undergo dramatic renewal, the root of which requires an affirmation of love as central to Christian identity. Further, we need to recognize that this task is not limited to preachers and theologians; all of us together are responsible for the irrelevance or the relevance of the gospel in our time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556352119
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 1,455,773

Meet the Author

Paul Tillich (1886-1965), an early critic of Hitler, was barred from teaching in Germany in 1933. He emigrated to the United States, holding teaching positions at Union Theological Seminary, New York (1933-1955); Harvard Divinity School (1955-1962); and the University of Chicago Divinity School (1962-1965).A. Durwood Foster is Emeritus Professor of Christian Theology at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California.

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Table of Contents

The Irrelevance and Relevance of the Christian Message for Humanity Today 1
1 The Avowed Irrelevance of Christian Preaching to the Contemporary World 5
2 The Nature of Present-Day Thought: Its Strangeness to Traditional Christianity 23
3 The Revolt against the Modern Mind: The Relevance of the Christian Message in Spite of Its Irrelevance 43
Notes 65
Index 69
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