Paul Tillich’s Understanding of Theology: A Pneumatological Christological perspective

Keith Ka-fu Chan

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This paper, firstly, demonstrates the internal problem of Tillich’s theology in general and theological method in particular in Tillich shifting his logos Christology to Spirit-Christology. The motif “particularity-universality” as a key notion is not well-balanced throughout its theological development. Secondly, this paper proposes that the doctrine of Trinity, well-articulated in Tillich’s 1913 work but finds little attention in his mature work, may provide a more fruitful and embracing symbol to release the tension within the notion of particularity-universality and keep its balance in a dialectical way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-95
Number of pages31
JournalSino-Christian Studies: An International Journal of Bible, Theology & Philosophy
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

User-Defined Keywords

  • Trinity
  • Spirit-Christology
  • Tillich
  • Theological Circle
  • method of Correlation


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