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January 5th, 2015 by Joel Watts

Quote of the Day, Tillich (importance of theology)

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“If taken in the broadest sense of the term, theology, the logos or the reasoning about theos (God and divine things) is as old as religion. Thinking pervades all the spiritual activities of man (sic). Man would not be spiritual without words, thoughts, and concepts.”1


  1. Tillich, Systematic Theology, (1951), 15.
Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


5 Responses to “Quote of the Day, Tillich (importance of theology)”
  1. Great quote, but I think a Trinitrian perspective compels one to disagree. We are spiritual regardless of our intellectual capacities because God had created us that way, and the Father through the Son has redeemed us and abides with us through the Holy Spirit. To a certain extent, our life before and in God has nothing to do with our intellect or understanding.

  2. Canadian says

    If we begin all our theology with Christology, we will never think of human intellect, will and body as non spiritual, nor any stage of human life (including infancy). For Christ recapitulates all human existence in himself.

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