By Paul Tillich
In 'A heritage of Christian Thought', Paul Tillich has entire the supremely tough feat of making a piece instantly brilliantly authoritative and accomplished, whereas last transparent and uncluttered by way of scholarly annotation and debate. initially introduced as lectures on the Union Theological Seminary and on the Divinity university of the college of Chicago, this variation has been fantastically edited by way of Carl E. Braaten of the Lutheran college of Theology in Chicago.
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But besides this development of mysticism we have the even more important development of the concrete mystery gods. These mystery gods are in a sense monotheistic, that is, the person who is initiated into a given mystery has a concrete god who is, at the same time, the only god. However, it was possible to be initiated into more than one mystery. This means that the figures of the mystery gods were exchangeable. There is lacking here the exclusiveness of Yahweh in the Old Testament. These mystery gods greatly influenced the Christian cult and theology.
T H E Kairos to the apostle Paul there does not always exist the possibility that that can happen which, for example, happened in the appearance of Jesus as the Christ. This happened in one special moment of history when everything was ready for it to happen. We will now discuss the "readiness". Paul speaks of the kairos in describing the feeling that the time was ripe, mature, or prepared. This Greek word is an example of the richness of the Greek language in comparison with the poverty of modern languages.
Initiation could only follow upon a harsh process of selection and preparation. In this way the mystery of the performances was protected against profanation. Later in the Christian congregations a similar thing took place in order to protect against betrayal to the pagan persecutors. F. T H E M E T H O D OF T H E N E W TESTAMENT All of the elements we have discussed were a preparation for the rise of Christianity. The decisive preparation, however, was the event which is documented in the New Testament.
A History of Christian Thought by Paul Tillich