[This review was published in the September 1990 issue of Universitas, the national newsletter of University Professors for Academic Order.] 

 

Book Review

 

Paul Tillich on Creativity

Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley, ed.

Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1989

 

Reviewed by Dwight D. Murphey

 

            UPAO’s own Manfred Meitzen, chairman of the department of religious studies at West Virginia University, is the author of the seminal chapter around which the first third of this book turns.  As a former student under Tillich, he is well qualified for the purpose.  His chapter, which is Chapter 1 entitled “Creativity in the Thought of Paul Tillich,” is followed by intellectually stimulating commentary by ten theologians and philosophers of religion, some of whom agree with Meitzen and some who don’t.  This gives the book the quality of a first-class (and no-holds-barred) debate over the meaning of a major thinker. 

            It seems contradictory to say that this is a fine book both for experts who are into the intricacies of modern theology and for beginners who ‘want to get their feet wet” by witnessing an enlivening discussion—but it isn’t.  Both will be well served by this book.  Indeed, educated readers in general will find it worthwhile to increase their insight into Tillich, a complex and influential thinker, whether they agree with him or not.