Paul Tillich's A History of Christian Thought PDF

By Paul Tillich

ISBN-10: 0671214268

ISBN-13: 9780671214265

In 'A heritage of Christian Thought', Paul Tillich has entire the supremely tough feat of constructing a piece without delay brilliantly authoritative and complete, whereas closing transparent and uncluttered by means of scholarly annotation and debate. initially brought as lectures on the Union Theological Seminary and on the Divinity institution of the collage of Chicago, this variation has been beautifully edited by way of Carl E. Braaten of the Lutheran tuition of Theology in Chicago.

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Of course, it is not necessary to reject something simply because it happens to be Roman or Greek, but neither is it necessary to The Preparation for Christianity 3 accept something which the church has derived from Rome or Greece, even if sanctioned by a dogmatic decision. C. H E L L E N I S T I C PHILOSOPHY Within this realm of one world, of a world history and monarchy created by Rome, we have Greek thought. This is the Hellenistic period of Greek philosophy. We distinguish the classical period of Greek thought, which ends with the death of Aristotle, from the Hellenistic period which includes the Stoics, Epicureans, Neo-Pythagoreans, Skeptics, and Neo-Platonists.

The greatness of Tillich's interpretation lies in his masterful ability to detect and trace out the repercussions of a philosophical concept upon the subsequent course of things. The more immediate reason, however, for slanting the selection toward the philosophical challenges to Christian theology was Tillich's The Classical Christian Tradition xxxm own mind-set and vocational self-understanding. He communicated best with persons of a philosophical orientation and he had an almost evangelistic zeal to recommend the Christian message to the intellectual doubters and scoffers of the faith.

Most secular people are afraid of the dogmas of the church, and not only secular people but also members of the churches themselves. "Dogma" is like a red cloth waved before the bull in a bull fight; it provokes anger or aggressiveness, and in some cases flight. I think the latter is most often the case with secular people in relation to the church. To understand this we have to examine the history of the concept of dogma, which is very interesting. The first step in this history is the use of "dogma" derived from the Greek word dokein, which means "to think, imagine, or hold an opinion".

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