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Paul Tillich

Data di nascita: 20. Agosto 1886
Data di morte: 22. Ottobre 1965
Altri nomi: პაულ ტილიხი, پل تیلیش, Пауль Тілліх, بول تيليش, Paul Johannes Tillich

Paul Johannes Tillich è stato un teologo protestante tedesco, pioniere del più recente movimento di rinnovamento della teologia tradizionale.

Espulso dall'Università di Francoforte perché aveva preso le difese degli studenti ebrei perseguitati dai nazisti, si rifugiò allora negli Stati Uniti. Paul Tillich è uno dei maggiori teologi del XX secolo. L'opera Teologia sistematica è il suo testo più importante: è composto da una fondamentale "Introduzione" metodologica e cinque sezioni intitolate "Ragione e rivelazione", "L'essere e Dio", "L'esistenza e il Cristo", "La Vita e lo Spirito", "La storia e il Regno".

„Un atto morale non è un atto di obbedienza ad una legge esterna, umana o divina, [invece è] l'innata legge del nostro vero essere e della nostra natura essenziale e creata, che ci chiede di realizzare ciò che proviene da essa.“

—  Paul Tillich

Origine: Da Morality and Beyond; citato in Andrew Linzey, Teologia animale, traduzione di Alessandro Arrigoni, Cosmopolis, Torino, 1998, p. 6. ISBN 978-88-87947-01-4

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„Faith is the state of being ultimately concerned.“

—  Paul Tillich

Dynamics of Faith (1957)
Contesto: Faith is the state of being ultimately concerned. The content matters infinitely for the life of the believer, but it does not matter for the formal definition of faith. And this is the first step we have to make in order to understand the dynamics of faith.

„There is a third element in absolute faith, the [[acceptance of being accepted.“

—  Paul Tillich, libro The Courage to Be

Origine: The Courage to Be (1952), p. 177
Contesto: There is a third element in absolute faith, the acceptance of being accepted. Of course, in the state of despair there is nobody and nothing that accepts. But there is the power of acceptance itself which is experienced. Meaninglessness, as long as it is experienced, includes an experience of the "power of acceptance". To accept this power of acceptance consciously is the religious answer of absolute faith, of a faith which has been deprived by [[doubt of any concrete content, which nevertheless is faith and the source of the most paradoxical manifestation of the courage to be.

„From this difference convergent and divergent trends emerge in the relation of theology and philosophy.“

—  Paul Tillich

Systematic Theology (1951–63)
Contesto: Philosophy and theology ask the question of being. But they ask it from different perspectives. Philosophy deals with the structure of being in itself; theology deals with the meaning of being for us. From this difference convergent and divergent trends emerge in the relation of theology and philosophy.

„Being-itself is essentially productive.“

—  Paul Tillich, libro The Courage to Be

Origine: The Courage to Be (1952), pp. 108-109
Contesto: What is the end of all the magnificent means provided by the productive activity of American society? Have not the means swallowed the ends, and does not the unrestricted production of means indicate the absence of ends? Even many born Americans are today inclined to answer the last question affirmatively. But there is more involved in the production of means. It is not the tools and gadgets that are the telos, the inner aim of production; it is the production itself. The means are more than means; they are felt as creations, as symbols of the infinite possibilities implied in man’s productivity. Being-itself is essentially productive.

„The first element is the experience of the power of being which is present even in the face of the most radical manifestation of non being.“

—  Paul Tillich, libro The Courage to Be

Origine: The Courage to Be (1952), p. 177
Contesto: The first element is the experience of the power of being which is present even in the face of the most radical manifestation of non being. If one says that in this experience vitality resists despair, one must add that vitality in man is proportional to intentionality.
The vitality that can stand the abyss of meaninglessness is aware of a hidden meaning within the destruction of meaning.

„Life remains ambiguous as long as there is life.“

—  Paul Tillich

Vol.2, p. 4
Systematic Theology (1951–63)
Contesto: Life remains ambiguous as long as there is life. The question implied in the ambiguities of life derives to a new question, namely, that of the direction in which life moves. This is the question of history. Systematically speaking, history, characterized as it as by its direction

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