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AuthorOsborne, Kenan B. author
TitleNew Being [electronic resource] : A Study on the Relationship between Conditioned and Unconditioned Being according to Paul Tillich / by Kenan B. Osborne
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1969
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Descript XI, 228 p. online resource


The following study on Tillich's theology is based on a doctoral dissertation, presented to the Ludwig-Maximilian University at Munich in December, 1967. Tillich's theology, however, is not a simple structure to analyze, since it is so systematically interrelated. Certainly every major area of his theoยญ logical system involves all other major areas, and even the minor areas have complex ramifications to the total system itself. The following pages, thereยญ fore, can only be construed as one among many viewpoints of his system. Tillich's theological structure might be compared to a painting or some other work of art: one must view it now from this direction, now from that. in order to appreciate the total effect. Certain points should, however, be mentioned here. First of all, a keyยญ notion in this system is "essentialization. " This concept rounds off and comยญ pletes Tillich's entire work. Unfortunately, Tillich himself did not write extensively on this topic, nor did he actually correlate it to the beginning and middle of his system, although it expresses the final telos of his entire theoยญ logical work. I have drawn out of the Systematic Theology as much as possiยญ ble on the subject of "essentialization," and have tried to analyze it in light of other key-concepts in his system


I: The threefold basic towards understanding conditioned beingโ{128}{153}s quest for the unconditioned -- 1. Identification and evaluation of the theme -- 2. The problematic of Tillichโ{128}{153}s โ{128}{156}questโ{128}{157} -- 3. The axial concepts in this problematic of the โ{128}{156}questโ{128}{157} -- II: Three fundamental approaches to resolve the problematic of Tillichโ{128}{153}s โ{128}{156}questโ{128}{157} -- 1. The first approach: Tillichโ{128}{153}s so-called โ{128}{156}answering theologyโ{128}{157} -- 2. The second approach: Tillichโ{128}{153}s two formal criteria and his material norm for all systematic theology -- 3. The third approach: Tillichโ{128}{153}s existentialism -- III: Idealistic components in Tillichโ{128}{153}s interpretation of the God-man relationship -- 1. German idealism in general -- 2. Tillichโ{128}{153}s interpretation of the God-man relationship and Kantโ{128}{153}s analysis of finitude -- 3. Tillichโ{128}{153}s interpretation of the God-man relationship and Fichteโ{128}{153}s dynamic view of the subject-object structure -- 4. Tillichโ{128}{153}s prius of ultimate concern and Schleiermacherโ{128}{153}s prius of โ{128}{156}Das schlecht- hinnige Abhรคngigkeitsgefรผhl -- 5. Tillichโ{128}{153}s interpretation of the God-man relationship and Schellingโ{128}{153}s explanation of the transition from essence to existence -- 6. Tillichโ{128}{153}s interpretation of the God-man relationship and Hegelโ{128}{153}s explanation of dialectic -- IV: Tillichโ{128}{153}s interpretation of old being -- 1. Old being as reason and the quest for revelation -- 2. Old being as finite essence and the question of God -- 3. Old being as existence and the quest for the Christ -- 4. Old being as ambiguous life and the quest for unambiguous life -- 5. Old being as history and the quest for the kingdom of God -- 6. Conclusion concerning old being and the God-man relationship -- V: New Being in Jesus as the Christ -- 1. What does Tillich find in adequate or false in the chalcedonian formula? -- 2. What does Tillich mean by the incarnation? -- 3. What does Tillich mean by redemption? -- 4. What does Tillich mean by redemption applied to men? -- VI: General conclusions and evaluations regarding Tillichโ{128}{153}s interpretation of the God-man relationship -- 1. General criticisms -- 2. Positive and valid aspects of Tillichโ{128}{153}s interpretation of the God-man relationship -- Excursus: Tillichโ{128}{153}s explanation of the two streams of philosophical thought since the renaissance

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