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A Brief Overview of the Life and Writings of Paul Tillich

Daniel Peterson

This volume introduces readers to the life and work of Paul Tillich, a theologian who is virtually unknown outside academic circles. This book provides smaller bite-sized introductions to make the journey into his thought world easier for newcomers who are curious to learn more.

Considered at the height of his career to be “the most dangerous theologian alive” for challenging conventional notions of God, Paul Tillich (1886-1965) exercised a major influence on twentieth century American Christian thought. A native of Germany, Tillich immigrated to America after openly defying Hitler and the Nazi regime. By the end of his life he had made the cover of TIME magazine as America’s “premier” Protestant intellectual, his thought becoming the subject of hundreds of books, articles and dissertations—including one written by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yet for all his popularity at the time, Tillich became virtually unknown to American audiences by the end of the twentieth century. In this brief introduction to his work, Dr. Daniel Peterson makes the case for Tillich’s broader relevance again as a theologian who can take us beyond the extremes of fundamentalist religion and empty skepticism to a deeper religious faith or spiritual path open to doubt and questioning.

Study Guide available with orders of 8 or more copies.

Dr. Daniel Peterson teaches interdisciplinary courses in the humanities for Matteo Ricci College at Seattle University, and for the university Department of Theology and Religious Studies. He earned his B.A. in English from Santa Clara University, his M.Div. from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, his M.A. in theology from the University of San Francisco, and his Ph.D. in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and lives in Seattle.

This book is published in the THEOLOGY FOR LIFE Series, Albert Anderson, editor. See also Bonhoeffer and Kierkegaard The series provides brief but comprehensive and understandable overviews of the lives and writings of some of the most enduring theologians/philosophers of the past. As adult primers, the books provide historically accurate interpretations of the writers’ major works that are also clearly relevant to contemporary concerns. The series is suitable for group discussion, with available study guides, as well as for personal reflection. Moreover, each book includes key references to the prominent figure’s published works, and thus offers the reader an eminently useful platform for continuing study. The reader will find the series thought provoking, inspiring, and of lasting value for life.


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ISBN: 978-1-932688-86-3
112 Pages
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Binding: Perfectbound
Publisher: Lutheran University Press
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