One Layman Answers Tillich
Under ordinary circumstances a layman would refrain from taking issue with a prominent philosopher and theologian such as Paul Tillich. Where his views are expressed in the classroom or in technical articles it would be presumptuous for one untrained in that field to enter the lists against him.
But Dr. Tillich has invaded the realm of lay reading in the June 14 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, and one layman at least is going to rise up in vigorous protest to the content and implications of that article.
That Dr. Tillich should express himself in any way he may see fit is certainly his privilege. Our protest is based on the fact that a supposedly Christian theologian should write on religion for a magazine of world-wide circulation under the title, “The Lost Dimension in Religion” and never once mention Christ as the answer to man’s dilemma.
With all due respect to Dr. Tillich, his article sounds like the wailing of a lost soul in the darkness of a despair that is real but the cause of which is unknown and its cure a mystery.
To answer Dr. Tillich in the realm of polemics is futile. But, as one reads his article there comes to mind the words of the Lord when he said to Job: “Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?” And one also thinks of God’s impaling Job on his own puny reasoning with these words: “Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I …?”
Dr. Tillich is absolutely correct in stating that the “lost dimension” for the world is “that man has lost an answer to the question: What is the meaning of life? where do we come from, where do we go? ...1
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