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Thielicke, Helmut (1908–86)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-K102-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Helmut Thielicke presented a systematic Christian theology with particular reference to concrete issues and situations within the world. He held that statements about God are inevitably conditioned by the fact that God reveals himself to and through humanity; they thus always have an anthropological aspect. Similarly, while theology arises from transcendent revelation, it necessarily belongs to a particular historical context. Thielicke maintained that the notion of a ‘perennial theology’ is therefore mistaken. This raises the question as to whether it is a perennial truth that there is no perennial theology, and, if so, how Thielicke could, on his grounds, know this.

Citing this article:
Yandell, Keith E.. Thielicke, Helmut (1908–86), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-K102-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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