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Paul Tillich, Systematic Theology, vol 1 [week 3]

Paul Tillich, often considered a "christian existentialist", is one of the most important philosopher-theologians of the 20th century. For Tillich, the existential questions of human existence are associated with ontology (the study of being). To be correlated with these questions are the theological answers, themselves derived from Christian thought.

This is the first part of Paul Tillich's three-volume Systematic Theology, one of the most profound statements of the Christian message ever composed and the summation and definitive presentation of the theology of the most influential and creative American theologian of the twentieth century.

In this path-breaking volume Tillich presents the basic method and statement of his system—his famous "correlation" of man's deepest questions with theological answers. Here the focus is on the concepts of being and reason. Tillich shows how the quest for revelation is integral to reason itself. In the same way a description of the inner tensions of being leads to the recognition that the quest for God is implied in finite being.

Here also Tillich defines his thought in relation to philosophy and the Bible and sets forth his famous doctrine of God as the "Ground of Being." Thus God is understood not as a being existing beside other beings, but as being-itself or the power of being in everything. God cannot be made into an object; religious knowledge is, therefore, necessarily symbolic.



As a change from our previous readings, we will be alternating between Tillich and other works, week to week.  So this meetup will meet every other week.


Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Part 1: Reason and Revelation

Week 3:  Part 2  - FIRST HALF: Being and the Question of God

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  • Rick O.

    Is it just me, from last Sat meetup? - I feel like I'm still reading Heidegger. Of course, I mean that in a really really good way (no lover's quarrels here, I think)

    August 21, 2013

    • Brian

      I thought that too. We are destining.

      August 21, 2013

    • Rick O.

      which, of course, can't be separated from freedom

      August 21, 2013

  • Amy

    Hi all! Alas, I must rescind my yes to attend on Wednesday because my course schedule for the semester has finally been solidified and my Wednesdays aren't open. Sad day :( Hopefully another time.

    August 19, 2013

    • Brian

      Hi Amy --Oh no, ok see ya a different day of the week =]

      August 20, 2013

  • Rick O.

    I see another week has been added. Can someone update me on the sections we will be covering 08/21? - I got a lot to read to catch up.

    August 16, 2013

    • Erik C.

      We are breaking Part II Being and God into it's two major halves. Week 3 will be just Being and the Question of God, then Week 4 will be The Reality of God

      August 16, 2013

    • Rick O.

      Thanks Erik - glad to see we're breaking it up

      August 16, 2013

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