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Tillich, Paul

b. 1886 - d. 1965

Paul Tillich, born in Starzedell, Germany, was a prominent twentieth century theologian. He studied at universities in Berlin, Tübingen and Halle and received his doctorate from the University of Breslau. Ordained in the Evangelical Church of the Prussian Union in Berlin, Tillich was professor of philosophy at the University of Frankfurt until the Nazis suspended his position. He came to America in 1933 at the request of Reinhold Niebuhr and taught at Union Theological Seminary until 1955. Tillich was university professor at Harvard from 1955 to 1962 and closed his career at the University of Chicago Divinity School. A prolific writer, Tillich is best known for his work in systematic theology. Dr. King’s doctoral dissertation at Boston University compared the views of Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman on the nature of God and found them both unsatisfactory. In describing racial segregation, King cited Tillich’s notion of sin as separation.

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The Secular in Relation to the Holy

Dr. King quotes theologian and philosopher Paul Tillich's "Systematic Theology." Dr. King's doctoral degree is in systematic theology from Boston University and his dissertation is on Paul Tillich. According to Tillich, secular and holy correlate and cannot act separately. Tillich states, "The holy embraces itself and the secular."

Tillich's Definition of God

Dr. King documents philosopher Paul Tillich's definition of God from his book "Systematic Theology."

Tillich's Method

Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich’s “The Protestant Era.” He used this quote in his doctoral dissertation, “A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman.”

Tillich's Philosophy of Religion

Dr. King quotes Paul Tillich's "The Protestant Era."

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