Paul Tillich was perhaps the 20th century's most important theologian. One element of his thought that has t been widely studied, until w, is the relation of his theology and philosophy to environmental issues. Tillich's encyclopedic kwledge of our spiritual situation, as well as his love for the natural world, provide a sound basis for the newly developed disciplines of ecotheology and ecopsychology. The radical nature of his theology also has profound implications for the burgeoning field of environmental ethics, specifically deep ecology-a movement rightly seeking to place humans within the realm of the natural world, t above it. In short, Tillich's thought is just what we need for a postmodern world that has lost sight of its rootedness in the natural world, due largely to techlogical overdependency and an accompanying spiritual alienation.
JEREMY D. YUNT, is a writer and independent scholar whose particular areas of interest are environmental philosophy/ethics, depth psychology, Buddhist-Christian dialogue, and the thought of philosopher-theologian Paul Tillich. He completed an interdisciplinary Master's degree in Ethics and Depth Psychology at the Pacific School of Religion (Graduate Theological Union), Berkeley, California. During his graduate studies, he worked as a writer and editor for The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, also in Berkeley. Prior to entering graduate school, he worked for the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund-a nonprofit environmental law firm-and prior to that made contributions to a multi-award winning book on California's natural and cultural history, titled Life on the Edge (Heyday Press, 1994).