My concern is not just that Tillich be treated accurately as a
matter of historical precision. With the clear defects of his
all-too-philosophical theology, we should bear in mind his warning that
God is not simply an antity in the world alongside other entities. &
the defects of Tillich's idea of God are in fact shared with many of the
traditional God concepts of theology with their "perfectly
simple", a-temporal & impassible character. These are as much "the God
of the philosophers" as Tillich's. Fortunately many theologians have
displayed a blessed inconsistency by letting the biblical picture of God
have more of an influence on their work than their philosophical
constructs allow. & IMO the same can be said of Tillich.
> When Tillich would preach, and he did, some might
> hear of the God of the historic Christian tradition, but that would be by
> God's grace, not Tillich's intent.
This isn't the impression one gets from his sermons - note my
last sentence above.