The Theory in Light of the Empirical Research

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

The Theory in Light of the Empirical Research

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A grounded account is never final or closed; rather than an end result it is an ongoing process. This chapter considers the results of the empirical research which suggest engagement with parts of Tillich’s theology as yet unconsidered, for example, his presentation of the ‘spiritual community’ in his Systematic Theology. In light of questions raised by the empirical research, Tillich’s approach is contrasted with essays on revelation by Paul Ricoeur and Rowan Williams. The chapter closes with the suggestion that Tillich’s account is sensitive and compelling precisely because of its phenomenological attentiveness to real life experience, notably his own experience, of the power of art. However, it also suggests that it might be helpful to identify a stronger link than Tillich allows between the subject matter of the artwork, the content of revelation and the effect of revelation.

Keywords: empirical research; Tillich; theology; systematic theology; Paul Ricoeur; Rowan Williams; phenomenological; experience; art; revelation

Chapter.  7681 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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