Letters, Mar. 30, 1959

Fireman or Arsonist?

Sir:

Why do you suggest that Paul Tillich's vacuities are in any sense "A Theology for Protestants?" [TIME, March 16]. Theologians have often noted that Tillich's philosophical system has affinities with the ancient Docetic heresy, which was roundly condemned by the church.

Theologian J. Marcellus Kik recently wrote a parody on Tillich and Bultmann entitled "The King's Existential Garments"—with apologies to Hans Christian Andersen.

(THE REV.) JAMES G. MANZ First Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church Chicago

Sir:

Sometimes we wonder if these existentialists are firemen or arsonists!

Apparently, Christianity is lost if it must use Theologian Tillich's philosophy to support it.

WILLIAM F. BURKE JR. Founder...

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