Paul Tillich and Pentecostal Theology

9780253018021: Hardback
Release Date: 17th November 2015

9780253018083: Paperback
Release Date: 17th November 2015

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 264

Indiana University Press

Paul Tillich and Pentecostal Theology

Spiritual Presence and Spiritual Power

Hardback / £69.00
Paperback / £24.99

Paul Tillich (1886–1965) is widely regarded as one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century. By bringing his thought together with the theology and practices of an important contemporary Christian movement, Pentecostalism, this volume provokes active, productive, critical, and creative dialogue with a broad range of theological topics. These essays stimulate robust conversation, engage on common ground regarding the work of the Holy Spirit, and offer significant insights into the universal concerns of Christian theology and Paul Tillich and his legacy.

1. Why is the "Correlation" between Paul Tillich and Pentecostal Theology Important, and Who Cares?
Amos Yong
2. Spiritual Power and Spiritual Presence: The Contemporary Renaissance in Pneumatology in Light of a Dialogue between Pentecostal Theology and Tillich
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
3. Spirit and Nature: Pentecostal Pneumatology in Dialogue with Tillich’s Pneumatological Ontology
Wolfgang Vondey
4. To the Ground of Being and Beyond: Toward a Pentecostal Engagement with Ontology
Rhys Kuzmič
5. God as Being and Trinity: Pentecostal-Tillichian Interrogations
Steven M. Studebaker
6. Tillich’s Picture of Jesus as the Christ: Toward a Theology of the Spirit’s Saving Presence
Terry L. Cross
7. Spiritual Presence: The Role of Pneumatology in Paul Tillich’s Theology
Frank D. Macchia
8. Pneumatological Participation: Embodiment, Sacramentality, and the Multidimensional Unity of Life
Andreas Nordlander
9. Tillich’s Sacramental Spirituality in a New Key: A Feminist Pentecostal Proposal
Lisa P. Stephenson
10. Political Theology from Tillich to Pentecostalism in Africa
Nimi Wariboko
11. What Have Pentecostals to do with "The Religion of the Concrete Spirit"? Tillich’s Theology of Religions in Twenty-First Century Global Renewal Context
Tony Richie
12. The Demonic from the Protestant Era to the Pentecostal Era: An Intersection of Tillichian and Pentecostal Demonologies and its Implications
David Bradnick
13. Eschatology in the Theology of Paul Tillich and the ‘Toronto Blessing’: The Ontological and Relational Implications of Love
Peter Althouse
14. Paul Tillich, Pentecostalism, and the Early Frankfurt School: A Critical Constellation
Pamela Holmes

15. Socialist Spirit in Tillich, Pentecostalism, and the Neoliberal Demonic Today
Mark Lewis Taylor
16. A Spirited Encounter: The Promise of Ecstasis and the Constraints of Supranaturalism
John J. Thatamanil

List of Contributors

Nimi Wariboko is Katherine B. Stuart Professor of Christian Ethics at Andover Newton Theological Seminary. He is author of Economics in Spirit and Truth: A Moral Philosophy of Finance.

Amos Yong is Professor of Theology and Mission and Director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Seminary. He is editor (with James K. A. Smith) of Science and the Spirit: A Pentecostal Engagement with the Sciences (IUP, 2010).

"While respecting certain, perhaps unbridgeable differences, this book draws some surprising and fascinating points of comparison. It illuminates aspects of Pentecostal Christianity and Tillichian theology by bringing them together in compelling and highly creative ways."

Daniel J. Peterson
Seattle University

"This is the first sustained encounter between the theological thought of one of the greatest modern Protestant theologians, Paul Tillich, and one of the most significant contemporary movements in Christianity, Pentecostalism."

Russell Re Manning
Bath Spa University

"This book does great justice to Tillich's theological legacy. It is a must read for Pentecostal theologians and Tillich scholars.... Highly recommended."


"For Tillichians, this book enriches our context for appreciating his theology of the Spirit.Vol. 32. 2 Fall 2016"

Toronto Journal of Theology

"These essays are remarkably clear and well-balanced. The essayists read Tillich empathetically and acutely, noting both the prospective values in Tillich for Pentecostals as well as points of divergence and disagreement."

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