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 sIn 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 state of things, in which reconciliation and reunion conquer estrangement. This is the quest for the Christ. ...
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Systematic Theology, Vol 2: Existence and the Christ Reviews
A stunning successor to volume one. This volume is much shorter and more concerned with Christology.
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. Tillich may seem to be a liberal theologian from a fundamentalist perspective, but it would be a mistake to classify him as such. Tillich has just as much conviction and respect for authority as any fundamentalist might have, but his penetrating intellect has given him a perspective that should not be ignored. He provides a thought provoking historical analysis to back up his claims and of course communicates everything in existential terms which is a challenge to accept because it almost completely redefines what most people think Christianity is. Tillich has provided a shocking update to the Christian faith. This is done in every generation, but Tillich has gone farther perhaps then any other mainstream theologian. Whether or not he has lost Christianity along the way will be left for smarter people then myself to decide, but he should not be forgotten. I recommend this book for anyone interested in theology, as theology.
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 understanding of Tillich's distinction between essence and existence. It's important to follow Tillich closely when he discusses this because this theme will continue to run through the remainder of the book. The contrast is applied to his theology of Jesus as the Christ later.It would be helpful if the reader is somewhat versed in the major landmarks of existential philosophy. Tillich takes many points of departure from a good number of its concepts. I read the first volume and liked it. I didn't plan on reading the second volume only because I read a lot of other of Tillich's works and wanted to move on to other writers, but I thoroughly enjoyed it after unexpectedly getting my hands on a copy.
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.My initial impression is that I commend Tillich for this effort and I laud his attempt to re-orient talk of sin. I am curious about his take on the historical AND symbolic nature of the Christ event. I am appreative of his efforts to speak of the atonement in a broader way. However, I am a bit suspicious of what seems like an adoptionist Christology and often, as in the example of history vs. symbol, he tries to have the best of both worlds.I am looking forward to reading this again, hopefully soon. At any rate it has given me much food for thought.
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 how concerned Tillich is with language (one of the things I really liked about him).While I disagreed with many of Tillich's ideas, I found the book to be incredibly thought-provoking and well constructed. There were also ideas, such as the existential implications of both The Fall and reconciliation through Jesus ("a man who lived under the conditions of existence without being overcome by them," or something to that effect) that I found brilliant. Tillich, much like Nietzsche, is one of those important and influential thinkers that should be read regardless of what one thinks of him.
This volume starts strong with an amazing analysis of existance and enstrangement but it ends up being repetitive and leaves too much unanswered. Let me illustrate this complaint: Tillich tells us dozens of times that Christ restaures the creation by curing the enstrangement but he never properly explains what does this means and how does it happens. Many questions will probably be answered in the 3rd volume.
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.