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Four Existentialist Theologians: A Reader from the Work of Jacques Maritain, Nicolas Berdyaev, Martin Buber, and Paul Tillich Hardcover – November 6, 1975

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  • Hardcover: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (November 6, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0837183030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837183039
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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.,."An excellent introduction to the thinking of these writers aided by the editor's introduction, short biographical accounts of each author, and a list of their writings available."-Library Journal

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...An excellent introduction to the thinking of these writers aided by the editor's introduction, short biographical accounts of each author, and a list of their writings available.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TheoGnostus on December 11, 2005
"Reality is the power of resistance against dissolution into nothingness. Consequently, Being can be described, not defined, as the power of resistance against non-Being, or simply as the power of Being,..." Paul Tillich

Existentialism, defined:
Existentialism is a philosophical movement that views human existence as having a set of underlying themes and characteristics, such as anxiety, dread, freedom, awareness of death, and consciousness of existing, that are primary. They cannot be reduced to or explained by a natural-scientific approach. (Wikepedia)
Theologian John Macquarrie has appealed that; "existentialism is not a body of doctrines but a way of doing philosophy. It is the way which begins by interrogating existence, where by "existence" is understood the kind of being which belongs to man in his concrete living,..."

Impact of Existentialism:
Existentialism is, in a way, a movement protesting against mass society, which tends to inhibit individual thought and action. Some propose that self-awareness sets us apart from all other beings. Teilhard de Chardin thinks (The Phenomenon of Man), that it is primarily the ability to reflect on our self-awareness. Existentialists may think that our awareness of death as "ceasing to exist" forces us to question our authenticity, as emphasized by Martin Heidegger. While this moves us away from theoretical concepts and attitudes to life, they provide fake reassurances. A move towards immediate, real-life, concrete ways of relating to our existence and ceasing to exist have to be dealt with. Existentialist thinkers' impact on western religion and arts has been so profound, that perhaps left the definition of existentialism as a rather difficult task.
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