Eros Toward the World

Paul Tillich and the Theology of the Erotic

By Alexander C. Irwin

Eros Toward the World

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  • ISBN: 9781592444762
  • Pages: 216
  • Publication Date: 1/20/2004
  • Retail Price: $27.00
Web Price: $21.60
Web Price: $21.60

Eros Toward the World

Paul Tillich and the Theology of the Erotic

By Alexander C. Irwin

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781592444762
  • Pages: 216
  • Publication Date: 1/20/2004
  • Retail Price: $27.00
Web Price: $21.60

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Alexander Irwin's original and important work retrieves and develops the often-neglected but extremely fruitful notion of eros in Paul Tillich's thought.

Irwin's recovery of Tillich's rich concept shows how eros is a crucial dimension in human existence and a driving force in all human creativity - in art, social ethics, politics, and religion.

Yet Tillich's theology and his personal life also contained a destructive aspect that begs the question of relational justice. Confronting the demonic in eros leads Irwin to augment Tillich's notion with recent feminist theologies of the erotic and yields a profound and promising avenue for contemporary religious thought.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"This is an outstanding contribution to theological conversation and warrants attention and critical discussion. Irwin's book releases Tillich scholarship onto new, rejuvenating terrain and advances contemporary theologians' understandings of the connection between erotic joy and the makings of justice."

Mark Kline Taylor, Princeton Theological Seminary


"Alec Irwin's examination of eros in Tillich's thought got me to open my 'Systematic Theology' for the first time in a decade! Looking at Tillich through the lens of feminist and womanist theology yields a fresh reading of a major theologian and a new agenda for Protestant theology."

Judith E. Plaskow, Manhattan College

Contributors-

Alexander C. Irwin

Bio(s)-

Alec Irwin is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Amherst College and a research associate of the Institute for Health and Social Justice. His scholarship and teaching explore how religious allegiances and conceptions of the sacred intertwine with economic and political factors to promote or inhibit social change. He is the author of 'Eros Toward the World', a comparison of ideas of love in the work of theologian Paul Tillich and in contemporary religious feminism. His recent articles have focused on the politics of sainthood in twentieth-century Europe. He is currently preparing a study of French philosopher and social activist Simone Weil, and is working to develop medical ethics and environmental ethics courses critically attuned to patterns of transformation in the global economy.

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