Paul Tillich Biography
(Christian Existentialist Philosopher and One of the Most Influential Theologians of the 20th Century)
Birthday: August 20, 1886 (Leo)
Born In: Starosiedle, Poland
Widely revered as 'one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century', Paul Tillich was a Christian existentialist philosopher and theologian. He was one of the philosophers who explored the true meaning of the Christian faith in correlation with the 'philosophical analysis of human existence' and played a pivotal role in revolutionising Protestant theology. His seminal works include, ‘The Courage to Be' and,' Dynamics of Faith', both of which brought forth the issues relating to theology and modern culture to the masses and general readers. On the other hand, his magnum opus, the three volume, 'Systematic Theology', introduced the ‘method of correlation’. This enabled the exploration of the various symbols in 'Christian revelation', as explanations to ‘man's deepest questions’. He taught as a professor at the Dresden University of Technology, University of Leipzig, University of Frankfurt, Union Theological Seminary in New York, Harvard Divinity School and the University of Chicago. However, it is also important to note he has also received criticisms for his theories. Nevertheless, his work has made a considerable impact in the field of theology.