Fifty years after his death in 1965 the essays in this collection return to Paul Tillich to investigate his theology and its legacy, with a focus on contemporary British scholarship. Originating in a conference held in Oxford in 2014, the book contains 16 original contributions from a mixture of junior and more established scholars, most of whom have a connection to Britain.
The contributions are diverse, but four themes emerge throughout the volume. Several essays are concerning with a characterisation of Tillich's theology. In dialogue with recent emphases on the radical Tillich, some essays suggest a more conservative estimation of Tillich's theology, rooted in the Idealist and classical Christian platonic traditions, whilst in constant engagement with changing existential situations.
Secondly, and perhaps reflecting the context of religious diversity and theories of religious pluralism in Britain, many essays engage Tillich's approach to non-Christian religions. Thirdly, some essays address the importance of existentialist philosophy for Tillich, notably via an engagement with Sartre. Finally, a number of essays take up the diagnostic potential of Tillich's theology as a resource for engaging contemporary challenges.
About the Author
Russell Re Manning, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK and Samuel Shearn, University of Oxford, UK.
Table of Contents
Foreword Werner G Jeanrond xiii
Introduction: Returning to Tillich Russell Re Manning Samuel Shearn 1
Chapter 1 Which Kant? Whose Idealism? Paul Tillich's Philosophical Training Reappraised Marc Boss 13
Chapter 2 Tillich and Participation Douglas Hedley 31
Chapter 3 Compromised Correlation? Experience in Paul Tillich's Concept of Correlation Marijn de Jong Ulrich Schmiedel 41
Chapter 4 Tillich's Account of Love. Re-visiting Self-less Love Julia Meszaros 53
Chapter 5 Kairos, History, and Religion. Some Insights on Tillich's Understanding of Revelation in Dialogue with Karl Barth Sven Ensminger 63
Chapter 6 Answering Sartre. Paul Tillich and the 'Socrates of Nothingness' Kate Kirkpatrick 73
Chapter 7 Is Green the Colour of our Redemption? Anne-Marie Reijnen 87
Chapter 8 Tillich for Today's Church. Self-critique, Self-transcendence, and the New Reality Andrew O'Neill 97
Chapter 9 The Sacred Art of Teaching. Paul Tillich on Place, Boundary, and Pedagogy Matthew Lon Weaver 105
Chapter 10 Paul Tillich, Salvation, and Big, Unnecessary, Crazy, Travel Adventure Alexander T. Blondeau 113
Chapter 11 "One can distinguish two ways of approaching God: the way of overcoming estrangement and the way of meeting a stranger." Paul Tillich's Engagement with Buddhism Reinhold Bernhardt 125
Chapter 12 Two Forms of Dialectic within Tillich's History of Religion Robert E. Meditz 141
Chapter 13 Schleiermacher and Tillich on Judaism: A Structural Comparison Gorazd Andrejc 151
Chapter 14 Paul Tillich, Being Itself, and the Structure of Vedantic Panentheism Ankur Barua 163
Chapter 15 Paul Tillich and the 'Dark Night of Faith' as Mystical Experience Stefan S. Jaeger 175
Epilogue: A Dinner Speech: Tillich in Transition Christoph Schwoebel 187
Contributors' Details 201