Implicit Religion, Vol 15, No 2 (2012)

Sounding the Depth of the Secular: Tillich with Thoreau

J. Heath Atchley
Issued Date: 4 Jul 2012


By examining some of the thought of Paul Tillich and Henry David Thoreau, this article articulates a version of the concept of depth that is socially critical. For both thinkers, depth is a concept that works to disrupt the rigid division between the secular and the religious. Such criticism, of a structure so fundamental to modern experience, suggests that the concept of depth is not simply a mystifying supporter of established power. Instead, it can play an important role in a religious, yet progressive, critical social thought.

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DOI: 10.1558/imre.v15.i2.15471


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Tillich, Paul. 1959. Theology of Culture. New York: Oxford University Press.
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