History of Christian Thought

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Touchstone, 1968 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 300 pages
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In A History of Christian Thought, Paul Tillich has accomplished the supremely difficult feat of creating a work at once brilliantly authoritative and comprehensive, while remaining clear and uncluttered by scholarly annotation and debate. Originally delivered as lectures at the Union Theological Seminary and at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, this edition has been superbly edited by Carl E. Braaten of the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. From the "preparation for Christianity" implicit in the kairos and the Mystery Religions to the individualism of Bultmann, Troeltsch, and Barth, Professor Tillich guides the reader through the fascinating history of Christian thought with a confidence and clarity of presentation only a great scholar and teacher possesses. Book jacket.

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User Review  - davidpwithun - LibraryThing

From beginning to end, this book is a masterpiece of Christian intellectual history. Tillich's insights into the minds and works of the greatest thinkers of Christian history, especially Origen ... Read full review

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Paul Tillich was perhaps the most important and influential 20th Century theologian writing in English. His books, however, are tough slogging--especially for those who haven't read all the many ... Read full review


The Preparation for Christianity
E The Mystery Religions
E NeoPlatonism

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About the author (1968)

Paul Johannes Tillich was born into a German Lutheran pastor's family in that part of Germany that is now Poland. He attended several universities, earning the doctorate in philosophy in 1910, then taught at several more from 1919 to 1933. Removed from his professorate at Frankfurt by the Nazi government, he emigrated to the United States, with the encouragement of Reinhold Niebuhr, and taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York (1933--55), Harvard University (1955--62), and the University of Chicago (1962--65). The fullest biography, including some fairly lurid material of a psychosexual nature, can be found in the appreciative work by Wilhelm and Marion Pauck. The student who wants to encounter Tillich at his most succinct might turn to The Courage To Be (1952) or The Theology of Paul Tillich (1982). He is sometimes classified as Neo-orthodox, but that label does not fit him as well as it does Karl Barth, who had small regard for Tillich's "theology of correlation," where responding to the world's questions is seen as the proper way of practicing theology.

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