A History of Christian Thought by Paul Tillich

By Paul Tillich

In 'A background of Christian Thought', Paul Tillich has comprehensive the supremely tricky feat of making a piece without delay brilliantly authoritative and complete, whereas closing transparent and uncluttered through scholarly annotation and debate. initially introduced as lectures on the Union Theological Seminary and on the Divinity college of the college of Chicago, this variation has been fantastically edited by way of Carl E. Braaten of the Lutheran university of Theology in Chicago.

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Therefore, salvation in Stoicism is a salvation through reaching wisdom. In Christianity salvation is brought about by divine grace. These two approaches are in conflict with each other to the present day. 4. Eclecticism Eclecticism is another reality which was taken over by the Christian Church. This comes from a Greek word meaning to choose some possibilities out of many. Americans should not have contempt for this because in this respect as in so many others they are like the ancient Romans.

Women, slaves, and children, who were regarded as inferior beings under the old Roman law, became equalized by the laws of the Roman emperors. This was done not by Christianity but by the Stoics, who derived this idea from their belief in the universal Logos in which everyone participates. ) Thus the Stoics conceived of the idea of a state embracing the whole world, based on the common rationality of everybody. This was something which Christianity could take up and develop. The difference was that the Stoics did not have the concept of sin.

Theology could go with the secular group down a road strewn with the paradoxes of "a religion of non-religion" or of a "theologywithout-God language,"32 or it could take an opposite route toward a theology of the history of religions. Tillich's hope for the future of theology was the latter. He saw no promising future for theology if it clings to the exclusive attitudes of neo-orthodoxy or joins the "death of God" group. , Ultimate Concern, p. 191. The Future of Religions, p. 80. "33 A theology fully informed by the universal revelation of God in the history of religions and purified by the concrete event on which Christianity as a particular religion is based points to a way beyond these two barriers.

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