Friday, January 13, 2006

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As part of an online study, I've started Paul Tillich's Systematic Theology. I'm on the Introduction, which spends a lot of time on his method. He makes a distinction between philosophy and theology in that while both seek the universal logos, theology (at least Christian theology) has already entrusted itself in the Logos. He discusses the creative philosopher being a 'hidden theologian,' a concept with which I'm still wrestling (how could an atheist doing philosophy be a 'hidden theologian?'). The group with which I'm studying this work has presented a few remarks on the subject and I have yet to respond.

A few weeks ago I finally got around to watching Crash, and I'm glad I finally did. The movie takes place in Los Angeles (a city more notorious for race relations) and presents everyone as both perpetrator and victim in some way. There are one or two happy endings (some more contrived than others), but for the most part situations are left unresolved. People work out of their stereotypes of others (or themselves), and no easy answers are presented. It's a very intense movie, but deserving of its praise.

I've been thinking about going to see a Robert Randolph show coming up in a few weeks.

Around the web, Internet Monk muses on the theology inherent in Fazoli's advertising.

7 comments:

Chris T. said...

I've been wanting to read Tillich's system—it's on my bookshelf. But every time I start, I get anxious about not having the necessary philosophical sophistication and I quit. Maybe I should give it another try...

Eddie said...

I'm in that same online discussion group, and I have no philosophical sophistication (P.o.C. may have read my latest post and be able to vouch for that :) .) BTW, I checked out your blog and liked it. I like this one too :) .

Jeff said...

Chris, I think with your background, you'll be fine. And now with some seminary learning to boot. You could even join us on the UCC forum if you want!

Welcome, Eddie. Glad you stopped by.

LutheranChik said...

Robert Randolph is way cool.;-)

Paul Tillich...(still wincing from the pretzel contortions his writings have often twisted my gray matter;-)...)

Songbird said...

You just have to let Tillich wash over you...if you try to read him in a linear way, you'll make yourself crazy. Make a note (or underline, if you're like me) when you get to something that speaks to you; treat the experience intuitively.
This technique worked well for me when I read Tillich as my "theologian in conversation with the readings" for Systematic Theology in seminary. All else is madness.

Chris T. said...

I think you may have talked me into having another go at Tillich's system. I am finishing Pagels' book on Thomas tonight (I don't have much constructive to say about it), perhaps I'll pick it up after that.

Jeff said...

Chris, is that 'Beyond Belief' you're reading?