Syncretism or correlation: Teilhard and Tillich's contrasting methodological approaches to science and theology
University of Exeter. At the time of publication, the author was at the University of Glasgow
This paper revisits Paul Tillich’s theological methodology, and contrasts his practice of correlation with the syncretistic methodological practices of Teilhard de Chardin. I argue that the method of correlation, as referred to in Robert John Russell’s 2001 Zygon article, fails to uphold Tillich’s self-limitation of his own methodology with regard to Tillich’s insistence upon the theological circle. I assert that the theological circle, as taken from Systematic Theology I, is a central facet within Tillich’s methodology and that this often ignored concept needs to be resuscitated if one is to remain authentically Tillichian in one’s approach to the science and theology dialogue.
This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the article, published in Zygon 40(3) pp.739-750, which has been published in final form at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118699350/issue