Theology

Rethinking Anselm’s Atonement Theory – “Unmaking” The Indebted Man (Ryne Beddard)

Throughout Church history Christians have used various images and illustrations to explain why God became a human and died, and why these actions have been considered by the tradition to be salvific. These are referred to as atonement theories, and in general they seek to answer three questions: How is humanity saved through Jesus? Who […]

Theology

Dreaming Innocence in America – Paul Tillich’s Radical Theology of Liberation, Part 3 (Alan Jay Richard)

  The following is the final installment of a three-part series.  The first installment can be accessed here.  The second part can be found here. Dreaming Innocence and “Americans”: the Charrua and Us The circumstances of the development of Tillich’s Systematic Theology and his concept of Dreaming Innocence in particular belong to revolutionary political expectations and […]

Theology

Dreaming Innocence in America – Paul Tillich’s Radical Theology of Liberation, Part 2 (Alan Jay Richard)

The following is the second installment of a multi-part series.  The first installment can be accessed here. As Tillich argues in the second dissertation, Kant views consciousness as “nothing but the act of synthesis of the manifold” – the structured uniting of a sensory multiplicity – by means of the “forms of comprehension” he calls […]

Theology

Dreaming Innocence in America – Paul Tillich’s Radical Theology of Liberation, Part 1 (Alan Jay Richard)

The following is the first installment of a multi-part series. One of the challenges of liberation theology is to think the radical political and social liberation of the oppressed in a way that is truly this-worldly. This challenge is already clearly apparent in Gustavo Gutierrez’s A Theology of Liberation in 1972, which insists on starting […]