Paul Johannes Tillich

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Paul Johannes Tillich (1886—1965) was at age 28 a German Army Chaplain and is one of the most well-known 20th century Christian theologians. In 20th century theology his work represents one of its five most influential schools of thought: the theology of correlation. [1] [2] This correlation is one between Christian Faith and culture: "various questions, philosophies symbols, disciplines, and worldviews." According to the Oxford University-published scholar David Ford, at least one of the other four influential schools of 20th century theological thought sees Tillich's theology of correlation as "inherently unstable: there can be no neutral standpoint from which to carry on dialogues, and therefore there has to be a basic commitment either for or against Christian faith." Such a critic and representative of this other school of thought is Karl Barth.[1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Theology: A very short introduction, David Ford, Oxford University Press, 1999, ISBN 0-19-285314-7, pp. 28-29, 32
  2. Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology, Daniel L. Migliore, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004, ISBN 080282787X, 439 pages, p. 253 (seen in 1991 printing)

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