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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Tillich: Issues in Theology, Religion, and Culture Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit fosters scholarship and scholarly exchanges that analyze, criticize, and interpret the thought or impact of Paul Tillich (1886–1965) and that use his thought — or use revisions of or reactions against his thought — to deal with contemporary issues in theology, religion, ethics, or the political, social, psychotherapeutic, scientific, or artistic spheres of human culture. We cooperate with the North American Paul Tillich Society (a Related Scholarly Organization of the AAR), which is linked with the German, French, and other Tillich societies. Papers at our sessions are published in the Society’s quarterly Bulletin without prejudice to their also appearing elsewhere.

Call for Papers: 

The Tillich Unit will host 2 sessions this year:

• Tillich believed the arts create symbols for a level of reality, which cannot be reached any other way. In Tillich’s theology of culture, art occupies an important position as a cultural formation that can impart unconditional meaning. This panel session welcomes scholars using the work of Tillich or correlational theology to understand the arts in contemporary culture. Presentations on the visual arts, music, film, performance art, and other contemporary artistic expressions are welcome.
• We will also sponsor a book panel on, The Religion of White Supremacy in the United States, by Eric Weed (Rowman and Littlefield). The Religion of White Supremacy in the United States) is a theo-historical account of race in America. Based on Paul Tillich's idea of ultimate concern, Eric Weed argues that white supremacy is a religion in the United States. In showing the ultimacy of white supremacy, Weed also argues that this form of religion qualifies as demonic based on Tillich's formulation. While the book is shaped by Tillich, it also employs other disciplines, including American History and Critical Whiteness Studies. Direct responses to this book are welcome.

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