This Unit fosters scholarship and scholarly exchanges which analyze, criticize, and interpret the thought and impact of Paul Tillich (1886–1965), engaging his thought — including revisions of and reactions against his thought — to deal with contemporary issues in theology, religion, and ethics, or the political, social, psychotherapeutic, scientific, and/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 may be published in the Society’s quarterly Bulletin without prejudice to their concurrent publication.
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Tillich: Issues in Theology, Religion, and Culture Unit
Call for Proposals
In addition to our joint session with the Schleiermacher Unit, the Tillich: Issues in Theology, Religion, and Culture Unit seeks papers or a panel proposal regarding 2 Themes:
- Tillich, Politics, and Religious Socialism
This panel brings together contemporary questions, thoughtful assessments, and critiques of the political theology of Paul Tillich. As 2022 represents the 50-year anniversary of the first English publication of 'Die sozialistische Entscheidung' (The Socialist Decision), the date of our meeting prompts us to consider presentations that examine the differences, influences, and distinctions in Tillich’s contribution to Germanic social and political thought with respect to his systematic theology, theology of culture, concept of theological symbolism, and his perspectives on Marxism and social democracy, political romanticism, nationalism, antisemitism, militarism, and capitalism. We are particularly interested in papers that take on diverse approaches in appraising the historical and modern relevance of Tillich’s thought on the relationship between faith and politics for combating social, economic, political, and environmental catastrophes. Papers may draw upon a variety of theoretical perspectives (e.g. political science, cultural and social theory, continental philosophy, liberation theology, feminist political theory, feminist/womanist/mujerista theology, queer theory, disability studies, critical race theory and whiteness studies, decolonial thought, etc.).
- Teaching Tillich in Dialogue
On 20th anniversary of Ronald Stone and Mary Ann Stenger’s 'Dialogues of Paul Tillich' (Mercer University Press, 2002), we reflect on whether and how Tillich remains relevant for contemporary theological and religious studies pedagogy. For the 2022 meeting, we seek reflections on dialogue with Tillich today, his continuing relevance and/or challenges in introducing students to Tillich today, and pedagogical reflections on whether (and how) we might engage Tillich in contemporary dialogues across a multiplicity of differences. We particularly welcome papers engaging Tillich through a variety of theoretical perspectives (e.g. political science, cultural and social theory, continental philosophy, liberation theology, feminist political theory, feminist/womanist/mujerista theology, queer theory, disability studies, critical race theory and whiteness studies, decolonial thought, etc.) as they relate to pedagogy.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Rachel Sophia Baard, Union Presbyterian Seminary1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Kirk MacGregor, McPherson College1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Andre Price, Villanova University1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Marc Pugliese, Saint Leo University1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Elliot Ratzman, Lawrence University1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024