Paul Tillich: An Appraisal

Paul Tillich: An Appraisal

Paul Tillich: An Appraisal

Paul Tillich: An Appraisal

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Like many a distinguished figure before him, Paul Tillich was born the son of a clergyman in a village manse. He was born on 20th August 1886 in Starzeddel, a village in the province of Brandenburg. Four years later the family moved to Schönfliess- Neumark where Paul's father was superintendent of the diocese. The young boy was sent to the common school at first, but he received private lessons in Latin so that later he went to a humanistic 'gymnasium' in the nearby city of Königsberg- Neumark. These medieval towns in which he spent the first fourteen years of his life made a profound impression on him as did also the country which surrounded his home. Though he has never harboured a romantic hostility towards technical civilization the ties with the country remained deep in his soul. Nearly all his great memories and strong longings, he tells us, are linked with the soil, weather, wind and woods. However, during this time the boy made regular visits to Berlin, his father's birthplace; and these visits were for him a source of excitement which was as strange and mysterious as is seeing the sea for a child brought up in the country. When in 1900 his father was called to an important position in Berlin Paul was overjoyed. There he resumed his classical education in a gymnasium, passing his final examination in 1904 and matriculating in the theological faculties of Berlin, Tübingen and Halle. In 1909 he took his first and in 1911 his second theological examination. Even before entering the University he had studied philosophy and gained a good knowledge of the history of philosophy and a working knowledge of Fichte and Kant. Next he became acquainted with the work of Schleiermacher, Hegel and Schelling. In 1910 he presented a . . .

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