Life, sex, and ambiguity

Re Manning, R (2017) 'Life, sex, and ambiguity.' In: Dumas, M, Richard, J and Wagoner, B, eds. Les ambiguïtés de la vie selon Paul Tillich. de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 39-50. ISBN 9783110486254

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This essay responds to Donald MacKinnon‘s influential critique of Tillich in his 1975 essay “Tillich, Frege, Kittel: Some Reflections on a Dark Theme,” in which MacKinnon laments Tillich’s “failure at the level of faith” on account of his sexual lifestyle. After outlining MacKinnon‘s argument in detail, I suggest four possible strategies of response available to those who wish to affirm the value of Tillich’s theology in light of the biographical considerations of his sexual ethos. I conclude with a suggestion - contra MacKinnon - of the centrality of ambiguity to Tillich’s life and his theology.

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Part of the proceedings of the conference entitled 'Les ambiguïtés de la vie selon Paul Tillich' (trans. to 'The ambiguities of the life of Paul Tillich') hosted by University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada on 10-13 August 2015.

Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BT Doctrinal Theology
Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
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