Tillich, Paul Johannes (1886 - 1965)
German Protestant theologian, and one of the foremost Christian
thinkers of the twentieth century.
Because of his dismissal by the Nazis in 1933, he migrated to the United
States, where he spent most of his career as a professor and prolific writer. Unlike his former ally (and, later,
opponent) Karl Barth, who spoke of theology as being for the Churchs
proclamation, Tillich spoke of his own theology as mediating between the
Christian message and contemporary culture.
For example, in his Systematic
Theology he translates God as the Ground of Being and the object
of our ultimate concern. By utilizing
philosophical concepts to correlate religious answers with our existential
questions, Tillich hoped to make the Christian faith more meaningful for modern
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