AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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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.
Co-Sponsored Session with the Bonhoeffer: Theology and Social Analysis Unit (2.5 hours): In Gathering Clouds: Theological Responses to Fascism inspired by Bonhoeffer and Tillich
In this joint session between the Bonhoeffer: Theology and Social Analysis and Tillich: Issues in Theology, Religion, and Culture Units invite papers which explore religious responses to fascism inspired by the thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Paul Tillich. The papers may explore: 1) the discrete ways these theologians grappled with the issue in their own context(s); 2) theological postures or practices which they offer that may be used in the contemporary context; 3) the use of philosophical, cultural, and/or political criticism to illuminate their theological resistance to fascism; or 4) theological theories of resistance shaped by the particular systems articulated by Bonhoeffer and/or Tillich. While this joint session is envisioned as a papers session proposals for prearranged panels will be considered.
Co-Sponsored Session with the Open and Relational Theologies Unit (2.5 hours): Does God Need the World? Tillich and Whitehead in Conversation
In this time of looming climate catastrophe a major impediment to action has been the theological conviction of many that God will not let us destroy our world. Embedded in this idea is that we are indispensable to God. What if that is not the case? This joint session between the Tillich: Issues in Theology and Culture and Open Theologies Units will explore the fundamental question: "Does God need the world?” We are seeking papers for a panel which explore topics such as: 1) The metaphysics of the divine, 2) cosmology, 3) the place humanity in the life of the Divine, and 4) related issues. Paper proposals addressing this question by engagement with the work of Paul Tillich and/or Alfred North Whitehead are welcome. Robert Neville will respond.
Book Panel (90 minutes)
This session will be a prearranged book review panel on Tillich and the Abyss: Foundations, Feminism and Theology of Praxis by Sigrid Gudmarsdottir. The panel will include responses by Catherine Keller and John Thatamanil.