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Paul Tillich, Systematic Theology [Tuesday]

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.

In this volume, Paul Tillich comes to grips with the central idea of his system—the doctrine of the Christ. Man's predicament is described as the state of "estrangement" from himself, from his world, and from the divine ground of his self and his world. This situation drives man to the quest for a new state of things, in which reconciliation and reunion conquer estrangement. This is the quest for the Christ.

Week 1: first half

Week 2: second half (end)

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  • Rick O.

    I think there should be a "Tillich thought for the day," so in that spirit:

    "Understanding demands one's participation in what one understands, and we can participate only in terms of what we are"

    Besides the fact that this resonates - at least to me - so well with other things we've been doing, I think perhaps it sums up the four steps involved in unpacking the christological symbols he does in the pages that follow. - Step four of which explains why christological symbols is always lower-case (maybe?).

    (p.s. - I intentionally left out the last part of the quote - didn't like it - maybe that's just me)

    November 9, 2013

  • Kinga

    i'm in Washington until Thursday ... i regret missing the two session.

    November 8, 2013

  • Brian

    This is on tuesday, not wednesday because Lyric is doing Wagner

    1 · October 2, 2013

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