Tillich: A Guide for the Perplexed

Overview

Tillich's main contribution to theology was to offer an account of the significance of human agency within the history of God's salvation of the world. Amidst the hopelessness of a world twice at war, Tillich introduced an apologetic theological approach, which he deemed a necessary counterpoint to the resulting despair of existentialism on one hand and the reaction of religious fundamentalism on the other.

While some historical and contextual introduction is provided, this book...

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Overview

Tillich's main contribution to theology was to offer an account of the significance of human agency within the history of God's salvation of the world. Amidst the hopelessness of a world twice at war, Tillich introduced an apologetic theological approach, which he deemed a necessary counterpoint to the resulting despair of existentialism on one hand and the reaction of religious fundamentalism on the other.

While some historical and contextual introduction is provided, this book is focused on analyzing, clarifying and connecting the most central and difficult of Tillich's theological concepts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567032904
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/18/2008
  • Series: Guides for the Perplexed Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew O'Neill is a minister of the United Church of Canada. He completed a Masters of Divinity at the University of Toronto before undertaking graduate work in the Theology in History program at New College, University of Edinburgh. Under the supervision of Dr. Nick Adams, Andrew completed a PhD in Systematic Theology, with a focus on the conceptual connections between Paul Tillich's Systematic Theology and the philosophical systems of F.W.J. Schelling and G.W.F. Hegel.

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Table of Contents

1. Method

Boundary situation

Correlation (situation and message)

Dialectic

Apologetic/Answering theology (problems: supranaturalism, estrangement, Church/SC)

2. Ontology (Situation: dynamics of the human condition)

Being

Non-being

Being-itself/power of being-itself (revealed God)

3. Doctrine (Message: Answering the Problems of Theology)

God (as actualizing)

Christ (stated in human terms)

Spirit(ual Presence) (as critique of Spiritual Community)

Trinity (as model of dialectical, not paradoxical, thinking)

4. Theology (understanding history of salvation)

Essence

Existence

Essentialization

History

Salvation

5. Religion &Culture (media of the message)

Church

Protestant principle

Autonomy

Heteronomy

Theonomy

Symbols

Art

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