Langdon Gilkey (1919-2004)

Theologian for a 'time of troubles'
Langdon Gilkey, a prominent Protestant theologian who wrote and spoke frequently about the relationship between religion and science, died on November 19 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 85. His longtime colleague David Tracy called Gilkey “the truest successor of Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich and the surest theological guide for the joys and terrors of living as a modern Christian in this ‘time of troubles.’”

The author of 15 books and hundreds of articles (including several in the Century), Gilkey settled at the University of Chicago in 1963 after teaching at Vassar College from 1951 to 1954 and Vanderbilt University Divinity School from 1954 to 1963.


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