Paul Tillich

(1886 - 1965)

Born in Germany and ordained as a Lutheran minister in 1912, Paul Tillich served as a chaplain during World War I, after which he taught theology until the Nazi Party stripped him of his professorship and he left for exile in the United States. In 1952 he published The Courage to Be, solidifying his status as an eminent public intellectual—“theology’s answer, as it were,” wrote his colleague Peter Gomes, “to science’s Albert Einstein.”

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