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Biblical Religion and the Search for Ultimate Reality Underlining/Highlighting Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0226803418
ISBN-10: 0226803414
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About the Author

Paul Tillich (1886-1965), one of the great theologians of the twentieth century, taught at Union Theological Seminary, New York, and then at the University of Chicago and Harvard University.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Underlining/Highlighting edition (March 15, 1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226803414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226803418
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 14, 2004
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This small work of Tillich's is one of his later publications; deriving from a lecture series in the 1950s, it shows in very short order the combination of Tillich's philosophical and psychological ideas coupled with his view on the authority of biblical scripture in a Christian context.
Tillich states that if humans enter the levels of personal existence which have been rediscovered by depth psychology, there is a collective unconscious in which we participate. This draws together all of our ancestors. Remember here that Tillich speaks in other contexts of the Ground of Being, so ideas such as this one make a consistent sense.
Tillich continues to be criticised for the philosophical language he uses, how radical a departure it seems to a more scripturally-based faith (students in my classes perennially complain of this). However, Tillich takes on the challenge here to look at this contrast in language, arguing that in fact it is impossible to separate out the language and meaning of philosophy from the imagery contained in the biblical texts.
Tillich's overarching idea through his entire body of work is to reconstitute the importance of theology and faith into a culture, academic and secular, who have been drawn away by seemingly more objective, rational enterprises such as science. The Enlightenment project of rationalism over all led to the questioning of orthodoxy -- Tillich maintains the questioning, but draws back in the ideas of God and biblical witness to religion in the terms of the modern academy. Nowhere is that project more clear than in this text.
Tillich means for the connection between biblical religion and philosophy to connect at a personal level.
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This tiny tome is the thickest piece of reading I have ever encountered. Tillich is crystal clear and exhaustive in his treatment of very abstruse matters here. I found that, in order to truly comprehend Tillich's message, I had to return again and again to certain passages. With teutonic concision, he parses and defines, then synthesizes and proceeds to the next level of certainty, gradually building very cogent models of philosophic endeavor and mystic revelation, then comparing and contrasting them dispassionately and honestly. If you really want to come to terms with the differences between religion and philosophy, the subjective acceptance of knowledge and principles delivered from another, versus the relatively objective testing of hypotheses and building of thoretic systems, this is the book for you. Do not, however, be deceived by its appearance of brevity. The weighty matters so elegantly covered in this book will take time and serious study to digest. A worthy venture, but not one to be embarked upon lightly. To the reader who perseveres, this book offers much clarity and discernment. To any other, it will seem nonsense.
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Tillich has produced a book which links the Bible and our faith to our times in a fresh and meaningful way. His writing is clear and concise. An enjoyable read without being too specialized. I enjoyed the exposure to more of the thought of this brilliant philosopher and theologian.
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the most important concept I got from this book was understanding that religion it's not something God created rather it is our response to God. This helped me accept the validity of religion with the understandingthat it is a necessary aspect of the human relationship to God.
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