A Theology of Revelation through Culture

Jonathan Brant

in Paul Tillich and the Possibility of Revelation through Film

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639342
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738098 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

A Theology of Revelation through Culture

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This chapter develops the theoretical account revelation that will form the basis of the grounded account. In order to avoid a shallow misconstrual of Tillich’s complex theory an in-depth analysis is presented in four stages, seeking to understand his theology of revelation in the context of his wider oeuvre. Tillich’s autobiographical statements are considered along with his pre-exilic German writings before a third stage develops the reading in conversation with the most complete statement of his theory in the Systematic Theology (ST1-3). At this point Tillich’s encounter with Alessandro Botticelli’s painting, Madonna with Singing Angels, is used to organise and structure the account. Finally, the debate engendered by Tillich’s theology, including his Christology, is briefly surveyed. Overall, the analysis uncovers a complex but compelling account of revelation through culture that emphasises the salvation and healing occurring in revelatory experiences rather than their communicative potential.

Keywords: Tillich; revelation; culture; Alessandro Botticelli; systematic theology; Christology; salvation; healing

Chapter.  15615 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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