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Systematic Theology, Vol 2: Existence and the Christ

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In this volume, the second of his three-volume reinterpretation of Christian theology, 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 s ...more
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Published February 15th 1975 by University of Chicago Press
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Tyler Proctor
This is one of those rare ratings that warrants a review. First of all, I mostly skimmed it/read it quickly as a sampling of Tillich's ideas to decide if I want to read more of him in my free time.As a Protestant theologian, I find Tillich much too liberal to get behind, but as an Existentialist philosopher who believed that Christian revelation held the answers to existential questions, I find Tillich much more approachable. Maybe that's just a matter of semantics, but that's okay considering h ...more
The second volume of Paul Tillich's Systematic Theology focuses on Jesus as the Christ and the human condition in terms of estrangement from God and fellow man. He begins from the Fall account in Genesis 3 and contrasts man's essential being from his existential estrangement. This contrast works much better than the traditional good/evil division because it takes non-moral implications of man's "finite freedom" into full consideration. A moral assessment takes away from a potentially better unde ...more
This is a great follow up to the first volume of Systematic Theology. I can see why Tillich might be unpopular with typical Evangelical Fundamentalists. While the first volume pushed the line toward Process Theology and Open Theism, Tillich continues to be controversial by advocating an Adoptionist Christology and a symbolic ressurection. His arguments are compelling and thought provoking, and if they are valid then the merging of Christianity with modern society will be uncontroversial at all. ...more
Normally I like to write a semi-substantial review after reading books such as this. This, however, is not the time for Tillich's volume 2 of his seminal Systematic Theology. I will need at least one more read to formulate any coherant thoughts on this thrilling yet puzzling volume.

Unlike traditional theologies, Tillich does no less than re-invent the language we use to describe the Christ-event and its ramifications of the, to use Tillich's language, existential estrangement of humanity to God.
The most interesting part of Tillich's system so far. I read the first two volumes straight through but will take a break after this one, as I feel it gives the core of his ideas, especially his existentialist perspective. It was interesting to compare Marcus Borg's more recent work on the historical Jesus to Tillich's comments here on the failure of the search for the historical Jesus.
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Even better than Volume 1- he's more clear about his complex systematic theology here.
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was a German-American theologian and Christian existentialist philosopher. Tillich was – along with his contemporaries Rudolf Bultmann (Germany), Karl Barth (Switzerland), and Reinhold Niebuhr (United States) – one of the four most influential Protestant theologians of the 20th century.[citation needed] Among the general populace, he is best known for his works The Courage to Be (1952) and Dynamic ...more
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