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Product Details

  • Paperback: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803294581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803294585
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is great evangelical Protestant Christian preaching, all of it. Controversial, happily, but never commonplace and always colorful, compelling.”—Christian Century
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“These addresses combine enormous learning, simply presented, with a profound awareness of the ‘existential situation’ of modern man, especially in the Western world. They are based on a deep Christian faith, but they present that faith in a new and compelling idiom. They will repay reading and rereading.”—New York Times Book Review
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“Although he has earned a reputation as a profound theologian, the author demonstrates in this small collection of sermons his ability to simplify the Christian message for the common reader.”—Booklist
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About the Author

Paul Tillich (1886–1965) was born in Germany, the son of a Lutheran pastor. After earning a doctorate in philosophy, he was ordained in the Lutheran church and served as an army chaplain in the First World War. He is widely regarded as the leading Protestant theologian of the twentieth century. Mary Ann Stenger is an associate professor of humanities studies at the University of Louisville and the coauthor of Dialogues of Paul Tillich.

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Another must read Tillich book is "the Courage to Be."
Jim Morrison
Although I've been using it as part of a small group religious study, this book can also be helpful for personal devotion as well.
J. D. Beakley
"Christians are accused of destroying the joy of life... But let us be honest.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
As Mary Ann Stegner states in her introduction to this volume, Tillich is far better known as a systematic theologian and philosopher than as a preacher. Indeed, he is the bane of the existence of many a seminary student who struggles through his magnum opus, the three-volume work entitled simply 'Systematic Theology'. However, Tillich always had the sense that this systematic theological and philosophical work was not an end in itself, but rather was a foundational task toward the greater Christian work, part of which is embodied most directly for most in the preaching and hearing of sermons and homilies. 'In this volume of sermons, Tillich preaches God's love, liberating truth, and fulfilling job, given to us in the New Being of Jesus as the Christ.'

Tillich is not an easy read. Educated in German schools deeply influenced by liberal theology of the nineteenth century and philosophical schools reacting to the breakdown of Enlightenment thinking, Tillich sought to make theology a relevant subject in the academy. Much of his writing is primarily geared toward other academics, philosophers in particular. But this is not so with his sermons. Many seminarians have difficulty with Tillich, both in making real-world connections as well as traversing the language -- Tillich invents his own terminology and develops his own linguistic methods of discussing theological issues, but these things are made more clear in his sermons, meant for the wider audience. They also have more of a direct application - 'Tillich's sermons speak to us, at least in part, because he experienced deeply the same anxieties we do, anxieties of death, meaninglessness and guilt...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jim Morrison on July 13, 2006
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For anyone interested in theology, Christianity, philosophy, existentialism...this is a MUST read. It is accessible to the thoughtful reader, some background in Tillich or philosophy may help although not necessary.

Like most Tillich writing, reading this book will open up many avenues of thought in the reader. I read this book after a hospital stay and it was a comfort and thought provoking.

Another must read Tillich book is "the Courage to Be." You just can't find writings of this quality anymore.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Beakley on April 11, 2007
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Paul Tillich's book "The New Being" has delved very deep into Christianity to the point where just reading it once may not be enough. This collection of his sermons has taught me a lot about what it means to be Christian. Taking Bible verses that I've read my whole life and explaining the power of those lessons. Something as well known as "The Golden Rule" for instance has spawned hours of discussion among those of us who are reading this very enlightening work. Although I've been using it as part of a small group religious study, this book can also be helpful for personal devotion as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd R. Mardis on March 8, 2008
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I read Tillich's books back in the early fifties. I wrote my graduating thesis on his doctrine of God. When I saw The New Being at Amazon, I couldn't resist getting it and reliving my early years as a young minister trying to understand the deep things of life. Tillich was my mentor even when I didn't understand what he was saying. He is one of the great theologians of the twentieth century. Read this and his other books if you want some fresh air.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roy Massie on January 9, 2010
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This is the first of Tillich's works I have read and I really liked it. This is the second volume of Tillich's published sermons. The Shaking of the Foundations is the first volume of his sermons. Tillich and others have recommended reading his sermons before his systematic theology.

I enjoy reading these short sermons in a sort of devotional manner. Tillich writes on the New Being a person is when they accept Christ as a personal, liberating experience rather than a set of theological propositions which require intellectual assent.

These New Being sermons are grouped into three subsets, New Being as: love, freedom and fulfillment. Each grouping has about 5-8 sermons for a total of 23.

My personal favorite is in the freedom section: By What Authority. Tillich always starts with a scripture passage (Luke 20:1-8 in this case) and interprets in light of the existential concerns of contemporary man while still respecting historical and orthodox background as touchstones. In By What Authority Tillich approaches each question in his explanation/outline with the care of a philosopher, briefly exploring the nature of authority itself starting with parents, society, state and even rebellion. He interprets Jesus question to the elders as an indicator that they cannot recognize power by its own internal presence. They see "the rise of an authority without ritual or legal foundation...but deny the possibility of it...so they deny both the Baptist" and Jesus himself. They "deny the possibility of an authority guaranteed by its inner power." "There is something in the Christian message which is opposed to established authority.
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