What is Religion?

by Paul Tillich

Dr. Paul Tillich, noted for leadership of religious and social thought, in his native Germany especially after World War I and later as Graduate Professor of Philosophical Theology in Union Theological Seminary, New York City, is now a member of the faculty of Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U. S. A. (1955)


“[In these] essays Tillich sets forth in condensed and abstract fashion some of the grand themes which he later expanded and elaborated in a life work. A predictably intelligent introduction by James Luther Adams provides context.” —Christian Century

“These [essays] reflect the [political and cultural ferment in Germany during those turbulent years when religion was under attack from all sides as it is today. Tillich hoped to fulfill the task of achieving a synthesis between religion and philosophy of religion that would point out their common ground. His essays are thoughtful, profound and filled with difficult and complex ideas.” —Library Journal