Animals in Tillich's Philosophical Theology

  • Abbey-Anne Smith

Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. An Exposition of Paul Tillich’s Systematic Theology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Abbey-Anne Smith
      Pages 3-12
    3. Abbey-Anne Smith
      Pages 29-87
  3. A Critical Examination of Key Tillichian Concepts and Their Adequacy in Relation to Nonhuman Animals

  4. Positive Concepts in Tillich’s Systematic Theology with Respect to Nonhuman Animals and Creation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Abbey-Anne Smith
      Pages 199-216
    3. Abbey-Anne Smith
      Pages 235-244
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 245-257

About this book


This book explores how Paul Tillich’s systematic theology, focusing on the concepts of being and reason can benefit nonhuman animals, while also analysing how taking proper account of nonhuman animals can prove immensely beneficial. The author first explains the body of Tillich’s system, examining reason and revelation, life and the spirit, and history and the kingdom of God. The second section undertakes a critical analysis of Tillichian concepts and their adequacy in relation to nonhuman animals, addressing topics such as Tillich’s concept of ‘technical reason’ and the multidimensional unity of life. The author concludes by discussing the positive concepts in Tillich’s systematic theology with respect to nonhuman animals and creation, including the concept of universal salvation and Tillich’s interpretation of nonhuman animals and the Fall in Genesis.


creation existentialism salvation history spiriit animals animal ethics ethics philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Abbey-Anne Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WinchesterBurton on TrentUnited Kingdom

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