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Paul Tillich: Challenging Fascism in His Time and What it Might Mean for Christians Today
February 10, 2019 @ 9:45 am - 10:45 am EST
Mark Taylor discusses the story behind how Paul Tillich was forced underground by Hitler when the Nazis confiscated and burned his new published book, The Socialist Decision. Tillich, along with many Jewish intellectuals, was the first Christian academic to be purged from positions in German higher education. Tillich then taught for the rest of his years in the U.S. at Union Theological Seminary, Harvard University and the University of Chicago. Among and against many of his Lutheran colleagues amidst the 1930s rise of fascism in Germany, Tillich wrote that Protestantism must “preserve its prophetic Christian character by opposing the paganism of the swastika with the Christianity of the cross.” Dr. Taylor explores what Tillich meant by that statement as a challenge to fascism in his own time, noting also what it might mean for Christians today as they face what many scholars see as an extreme nationalistic threat in our own political moment. Mark Lewis Taylor is the Maxwell M Upson Professor of Theology and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. His courses are mainly in the areas of political and liberation theology.