Paul Tillich is one of the great theologians of the last Century. The polarity of dynamics and form is one of the starting points of his System. This analysis shows that there is an inner tension in Tillich's thinking: he wants to include the three functions of life - self-integration, self-creation, and self-transcendence - in one system and there are three corresponding views about the polarity of dynamics and form. This leads to many conceptual problems. If we are ready to accept Tillich's system as coherent, we will have to accept this kind of dialectical thinking. The polarity of dynamics and form helps us to understand the different and partly conflicting interpretations of Tillich's views.
Lasse Halme, Doctor of Theology (University of Helsinki), Head of the Department for Education in the Lutheran Parish Union of Helsinki.