Paul van Buren
|Paul van Buren|
June 18, 1998
Memorial Hospital, Blue Hill, Maine
|Alma mater||Harvard College, Episcopal Theological School, University of Basel|
|Literary movement||Death of God|
|Spouse||Dr. Anne Hagopian (1927-2008)|
Paul Matthews van Buren (1924–1998) was a Christian theologian and author. An ordained Episcopalian priest he was a Professor of religion at Temple University, Philadelphia for 22 years. He was a Director [NYT obituary says "Associate" ] of the Center of Ethics and Religious Pluralism at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
He died of cancer on June 18, 1998 at age 74.
- Early life 1
- Works 2
- See also 3
- References 4
He attended Harvard College, from which he graduated with a bachelor's degree in government, in 1948. He then attended the Episcopal Theological School, and received a bachelor's of sacred theology in 1951. It was after this that he was ordained as an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Massachusetts. He received a PhD in theology in 1957, from the University of Basel in Switzerland studying under Karl Barth. A professor at Temple University, he was considered a leader of the "Death of God" school or movement, although he himself rejected that name for the movement as a journalistic invention, and considered himself an exponent of "Secular Christianity".
Below is an incomplete list of his works:
- The Secular Meaning of the Gospel: Based on an Analysis of Its Language
- A Theology of the Jewish-Christian Reality (3 Volumes.)
- The Edges of Language:An Essay in the Logic of a Religion
- The Burden of Freedom
- Theological Explorations
- Christ in Our Place: The Substitutionary Character of Calvin's Doctrine of Reconciliation
- New York Times obituary
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