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Retrieving the Radical Tillich

His Legacy and Contemporary Importance

  • Editors
  • Russell Re Manning


  • The book explores Tillich’s influence on mid-twentieth-century ‘Death of God’ theology, reassesses the radical character of Tillich’s own theology, and argues for his ongoing significance for contemporary work in radical theology.


Part of the Radical Theologies book series (RADT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Russell Re Manning
      Pages 1-19
  3. Tillich’s Radical Legacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Thomas J. J. Altizer
      Pages 23-29
    3. Daniel J. Peterson
      Pages 31-46
    4. Richard Grigg
      Pages 47-64
    5. Christopher D. Rodkey
      Pages 65-80
    6. Christopher Craig Brittain
      Pages 81-98
    7. Matthew Lon Weaver
      Pages 99-110
  4. Tillich and Contemporary Radical Theologies

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-274

About this book


Paul Tillich is best known today as a theologian of mediation. Many have come to view him as an out-of-date thinker a safe exemplar of a mid-twentieth-century theological liberalism. The way he has come to be viewed contrasts sharply with the current theological landscape one dominated by the notion of radicality. In this collection, Russell Re Manning breaks with the widespread opinion of Tillich as 'safe' and dated. Retrieving the Radical Tillich depicts the thinker as a radical theologian, strongly marked but never fully determined by the urgent critical demands of his time. From the crisis of a German cultural and religious life after the First World War, to the new realities of religious pluralism, Tillich's theological responses were always profoundly ambivalent, impure and disruptive, asserts Re Manning. The Tillich that is outlined and analyzed by this collection is never merely correlative. Far from the dominant image of the theologian as a liberal accommodationist, Re Manning reintroduces the troubled and troubling figure of the radical Tillich.


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About the authors

Thomas J. J. Altizer, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA Daniel J. Peterson, Seattle University, USA Matthew Lon Weaver, Glen Avon Presbyterian Church, USA Christopher C. Brittain, University of Aberdeen, UK Daniel Whistler, Liverpool University, UK Christopher Rodkey, Lebanon Valley College, USA Michael Grimshaw, University of Canterbury, Auckland, NZ Jeffrey W. Robbins, Lebanon Valley College, USA Thomas A. James, Union Presbyterian Seminary, USA Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas, USA Mark Lewis Taylor, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA Richard Grigg, Sacred Heart University, USA

Bibliographic information


“This book of thirteen chapters and an introduction by Russell Re Manning, is an attempt to explore the nature and identity of the radical Tillich. … The papers are written for specialists and readers are expected to be familiar with a range of contemporary philosophical movements. … Russell Re Manning has done much to promote the study of Tillich. … His chapter and introduction in this book demonstrate the depth of his knowledge of, and engagement with, Tillich.” (Graeme Smith, Modern Believing, April, 2016)