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The Courage to Be Paperback – July 11, 2000
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The nature of the discussions, being, nonbeing, subjectivity, objectivity make for difficult reading with double negatives (eg. "Nonbeing is no threat because finite being is, in the last analysis, nonbeing"). If one can wade through the language, there a lot of insight.
Paul Tillich's ideas are a response to existentialism, German philosphy, modern physics & the success of totalitarian movements in Germany, Russia & Italy. He is a bridge between the 19th Century & the growth of new theological thought in latter part of the Twentieth.
Tillich is not all that difficult to understand in The Courage to Be. However, it's unfortunate that his three wonderful collections of sermons (The Shaking of the Foundations; The New Being; The Eternal Now) are out-of-print, as these are his best introductions.
Readers coming to Tillich will have to grapple with the common metaphors of Christian faith. For Tillich, the concepts of Heaven & even an afterlife are not terribly important, as they imply a continuation of life in time that he is not able to accept scientifically or on faith. So one meets those lovely semi-metaphors of "being itself," "non-being" & "ground of being" that, for me at least, were a more clear explanation of how I experience the world than God the "Father" or Holy Ghost.
This makes Tillich a crucial step into Feminist & Language theology, although he couldn't quite make the big leap himself.
Basically, Tillich says we're stuck in an undefinable present that moves creatively into an unknown future in which nothing is a given but the fact that we are alive right now, so what do we intend to do about it? This is "being" & being, above all else, requires courage; the courage of early Christians facing the axe or the fire.Read more ›
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WELL WRITEN BOOK AMD IMTERESTING THOUGHTFULL ANLASIS WITH MANY OBSERVATIONS OF MODERN SOCIETY. HE TRIES TO RATIONALIZE A BELIEF IN A GOD THAT WAS BEYOND AND ABOV E ALL EXISTING... Read morePublished 5 months ago by SIGMUND BLACK
This is perhaps the most important and profound work I've read. Time will tell. It's a very heady book, but was meaningful to me because it put words to and deepened what I have... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kim
I bought this as a gift for a friend. I benefitted from this great book by studying it over 55 years ago. Paul Tillich is one of my heroes. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lyndon Paul Holcomb
Tillich was an amazing scholar. His writings were extremely profound and revolutionary. This book contains great nuggets nestled deep scholarly verbosity. Read morePublished 13 months ago by jsbuie