Biblical Religion and the Search for Ultimate Reality
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Biblical Religion and the Search for Ultimate Reality

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Dr. Tillich shows here that in spite of the contrast between philosophical and biblical language, it is neither necessary nor possible to separate them from each other. On the contrary, all the symbols used in biblical religion drive inescapably toward the philosophical quest for being. An important statement of a great theologian's position, this book presents an eloquent...more
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Published March 15th 1964 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1955)
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Wayne
Prepare to take a lot of notes, highlight and re-read a lot. This thin little volume is very dense, but teriffically rewarding as the reader follows Paul down a clear and succinctly defined path of both logic and empathy.
Tylor Lovins
This book is merely suggestive but useful if one is interested in how theologians have thought about the relationship between philosophy and theology.
(1) The main purpose of this article is to argue that “…in spite of the tremendous tension between biblical religion and ontology, they have an ultimate unity and profound interdependence” (1). (2) In light of his claim, Tillich seeks to answer: what is the ultimate concern? By establishing the ultimate concern, Tillich is able to show the unity...more
Tom
Heresy: Tillich worldview is grounded in Panenthesism, so his attempt to interpret the Bible in light of his worldview leads to an exegetical catastrophe. His philosophical footing is weak because he ignores the Biblical message on origins and takes you off into philosophical speculation that cannot be reconciled with the Bible. The book would be more cohesive without Biblical reference though it would eventually break down as all finite worldviews eventually do. I give it one star because he di...more
Tom Talamantez
Heresy: Tillich worldview is grounded in Panenthesism, so his attempt to interpret the Bible in light of his worldview leads to an exegetical catastrophe. His philosophical footing is weak because he ignores the Biblical message on origins and takes you off into philosophical speculation that cannot be reconciled with the Bible. The book would be more cohesive without Biblical reference though it would eventually break down as all finite worldviews eventually do.
John
Short and concise summary of Tillich's thought in the early fifties. The influence of his Systematic Theology is visible here. Tillich makes an effective argument for the use of philosophical concepts to make sense of the biblical God, indeed shows that this is being done even by the antiphilosophers, whether they are conscious of it or not.
Gene
A clear and succinct statement of Tillich's position regarding biblical truths and philosophical investigation. He posits his view of God as the "ground of being" and opens the way for philosophy to investigate being ("ontology"). I would assume that would include Vedanta, Taoism, and prajnaparamita studies. But who knows?
Ronald
The definitive synthesis of existentialism and the Christian theological paradigm. The concept of God as the ground of being was a turning point in understanding the unity and timelessness of God creator and His immanence.
Greg Coates
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Megan
What is the connection between philosophy and biblical religion (between ontology and revelation, being and the word)? Between faith and doubt? Tillich questions his way to an answer.
David
This book bears reading again and again. I initially read it for a book report in one of my theology classes at Bellarmine. Tillich remains one of my favorite theologians.
Craig Pope
May 03, 2007 Craig Pope rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those tracking the onto-theology debate/issue/illusion or whatever
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Tillich's view of the relationship between philosophy (ontology) and theology (biblical religion). In a way his answer to Heidegger's critique of onto-theology.
Erik Graff
Apr 06, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tillich fans
Recommended to Erik by: Dennis Haas
Shelves: religion
I believe this little essay was assigned for the senior seminar for religious studies students at Grinnell College, Iowa.
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This is really good. One of the books that influenced me in ways I probably have forgotten.
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was a German-American theologian and Christian existentialist philosopher. Tillich was – along with his contemporaries Rudolf Bultmann (Germany), Karl Barth (Switzerland), and Reinhold Niebuhr (United States) – one of the four most influential Protestant theologians of the 20th century.[citation needed] Among the general populace, he is best known for his works The Courage to Be (1952) and Dynamic...more
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