Archive for the ‘Paul Tillich’ Category

Man’s hostility to God proves indisputably that he belongs to him

September 26, 2009

Man’s hostility to God proves indisputably that he belongs to him. Where there is the possibility of hate, there and there alone is the possibility of love.

Paul Tillich, Systematic Theology, Part 2, 45

Have you noticed how, at bottom, men are never indifferent to God? They are not indifferent in the way we might be towards the existence or non-existence of the Loch Ness Monster or Unicorns. No one hates or loves a rock or other inanimate object. We hate God, by nature, but this proves we have become estrnaged from our right place of fellowship with our Maker.

Not conversion, but dialogue

September 17, 2009

Not conversion, but dialogue. It would be a tremendous step forward if Christianity were to accept this!

Paul Tillich, Christianity and the Encounter of the World Religions, chapter 4

So let’s tipex this verse out of the Bible then:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28.19

er, Tillich or Jesus? – I’ll go with Jesus thanks.

God in man’s own image – Tillich

August 24, 2009

The name of this infinite and inexhaustible depth and ground of all being is God. That depth is what the word God means. And if that word has not much meaning for you, translate it, and speak of the depths of your life, of the source of your being, of your ultimate concern, of what you take seriously without any reservation. Perhaps, in order to do so, you must forget everything traditional that you have learned about God, perhaps even that word itself. For if you know that God means depth, you know much about Him. You cannot then call yourself an atheist or unbeliever. For you cannot think or say: Life has no depth! Life itself is shallow. Being itself is surface only. If you could say this in complete seriousness, you would be an atheist; but otherwise you are not. He who knows about depth knows about God.

Paul Tillich, The Shaking of the Foundations, ch.7

I know some people who ‘take seriously’ Sheffield United ”without any reservation’. And for them, their team is their god and Saturday afternoon their day of observance. But God is as He has revealed Himself to be.

Faith and the reliability of the Scriptures

August 17, 2009

It is a disastrous distortion of the meaning of faith to identify it with the belief in the historical validity of the Biblical stories…faith does not include historical knowledge about the way in which (an historical) event took place.

Paul Tillich, Dynamics of Faith, p.87, 89

But the apostle Paul makes it clear, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that if Christ is not (physically) raised then our faith is vain.

Faith cannot be shaken by historical research even if its results are critical of the traditions in which the event recorded.

Which presumably means if Christ’s bones are found tomorrow, Tillich would still believe in the ‘resurrection’. But of course, he will believe in a ‘resurrection’ completely gutted of its New Testament meaning, its saving power and hope for our own resurrection to eternal life.

Thus Liberal theology retains the Biblical, historic, Christian words but empties and/or radically changes their meaning. Liberalism is a kind of deceit, a pious fraud in which the worshipper is given a bank note of no actual value because it is a forgery.