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Tillich Course Syllabi

Wesley J. Wildman, Paul Tillich

The primary aim of this course is read and understand the theology of Paul Tillich. The course focuses on his Systematic Theology (ST) but also covers some other of his writings and some biographical material. The secondary aim is to help students develop their own theological ideas in detailed conversation with Tillich’s, a purpose for which ST is particularly well suited.

Eleazar S. Fernandez, Paul Tillich and Contemporary Challenges

This course explores the main themes and thrust of Paul Tillich’s theology, examines his theological system, and critiques his ideas in relation to the challenges that the church and society are facing in our contemporary times. This course fulfills the systems of thought requirement of the curriculum.

Objectives: at the end of the course the students will be able to:

1. Grasp the main themes of Paul Tillich’s theology

2. Understand and articulate Tillich’s theological method and theological system

3. Critique Tillich’s theological system and ideas

4. Evaluate Tillich’s ideas in light of our pressing contemporary concerns

Richard Gelwick, The Theology and Ethics of Paul Tillich

Paul Tillich is regarded as one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century and a leading advocate of an existential interpretation of Christian theology. His work grew out of the crisis of protest against Hitler in Germany that forced him to emigrate to the United States where he developed his approach of correlating the questions of human existence with the enduring categories of Christian faith. This course examines his views regarding life and the corresponding reality of God, the New Being in Christ, life in the Spirit, and the meaning of history and the Kingdom of God.


1. To examine the basic method and structure of Tillich’s theological thinking.

2. To consider Tillich’s way of making the Christian message relevant to the questions of human existence today.

3. To become familiar with Tillich’s distinctive philosophical terminology for presenting the biblical faith.

4. To assess the effectiveness of Tillich’s approach among other theological methods.

5. To explore Tillich’s thesis that theology and ethics cannot be separated.

6. To see how Tillich applied his systematic theology to ethical issues and preaching to a diverse religious and secular audience.

7. To practice and test Tillich’s theological approach on an issue chosen by each student.

Christopher Rodkey, Introduction to the Theology of Paul Tillich

This course is an introduction to the ideas of the Christian philosopher and theologian Paul Tillich. Emphases for this introduction will be focused upon being comfortable with the theological language of Tillich’s writings and contextualizing his ideas into ministerial contexts.


1. Intellectual: As a course focused upon a major thinker in the canon of the Christian intellectual tradition, this course will expand the student’s knowledge of this intellectual tradition in substantive ways, engaging philosophical and theological vocabularies.

2. Practical: The student will make explicit practical connections between the life of the mind and the life of ministerial practice, and will perform an act of fundamental practical theology indicative of the “praxis-theory-praxis” model.

3. Spiritual: By studying Tillich, a theologian whose ideas push its audience out of comfort zones of tradition, the student will be invited to reflect upon his or her own continuing faith formation.

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