Tillich, Paul Johannes
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8/20/1886  - 10/22/1965
Tillich originally lived in Germany as a Lutheran theologian, but the Nazis removed him from his teaching position due to his political beliefs. Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr offered him a faculty position at Union Theological Seminary in New York, which Tillich accepted in 1933.

His books were popular with both general and theological audiences. The Courage to Be (1952) and Dynamics of Faith (1957) brought theological matters to groups who otherwise were not interested in religious issues. Theologians found his famous three-volume Systematic Theology (1951-1963) significant, as it developed a "method of correlation" that viewed Christian revelation as the answer to problems of the human condition posed by existential philosophers. Tillich noted how the essence of religion dealt with the "ultimate concern," the realm of the sacred and God’s true nature. Tillich’s broad appeal made him a popular public intellectual, someone not fearful of bridging theology and modern culture.
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Paul Tillich portrait- Flickr- photo by universityymca (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Paul Tillich bust- Flickr- photo by Christina Rutz (CC BY 2.0)

Paul Tillich gravestone- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Michael Gaebler
Book/Journal Source(s)
Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
Web Source(s)
Paul Tillich's Encyclopedia Britannica Biography
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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