Systematic Theology

  • Paul Tillich
1953 to 1954
University of Aberdeen

For Tillich, theology is required to serve the needs of the Christian Church. This involves both stating the truth of the Christian message and providing a satisfactory interpretation of this truth for each generation. These lectures establish a close correlation with philosophy through the organisation of subject matter in each section. The main theological problems discussed illustrate the systematic consequences of this correlation.

The Logic of Religious Thinking

  • Herbert Arthur Hodges
1955 to 1957
University of Aberdeen

These lectures consider the proper way to do natural theology in the aftermath of the revolution brought about by analytical philosophy. The traditional metaphysical inquiry characteristic of the subject promoted by Lord Gifford is abandoned in favour of an exploration of religious language and experience. Theistic belief is found to rest on choice and commitment rather than on rational inquiry, and the role of philosophical reflection lies in ex post facto understanding rather than in the genesis of belief. But though it is a sense of mystery, quest for meaning and an interpretative ‘God vision’ that must be accorded central place, theistic belief is still ‘reality asserting’ and remains a viable rival to atheistic conceptions that may appear more in accord with modern conceptions of knowledge.

Gordon Graham

The Life of the Mind

  • Hannah Arendt
1972 to 1974
University of Aberdeen

The Life of the Mind was originally intended to cover an examination of three fundamental aspects of mind: ThinkingWilling, and Judging. Arendt’s death in 1975 precluded the completion of the entire work, leaving only the first two volumes for publication.

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