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الشجاعة من أجل الوجود

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In this classic, deeply insightful book, one of the world's most eminent philosophers describes the dilemma of modern humans & points a way to the conquest of the problem of anxiety.
الطبعة الأولي, 159 pages
Published 1981 by المؤسسة الجامعية للدراسات و النشر و التوزيع (first published 1952)
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I first started reading this book because I want answers to the existential angst that plagues me and others aware of the implications of post-modern ideas. I don’t mean to say that I wanted an alternative to post-modernism; I don’t believe that is any more realistic than saying that I want an alternative to turning 32, for that’s just wishful thinking. I’m not a post-modernist, for I am not merely a product of my culture, but I am influenced by my culture. If I’m being honest with myself, there ...more
John Doe
They call Tillich the apostle to the intellectuals because he showed intelligent people that they can have religious faith and still have an authentic confrontation with reality (for example, he didn't think science was a threat to religion).I thought the chapters on existential and pathological anxiety were the most useful. Tillich thinks there is an ontological distinction between normal existential anxiety (fear of death, feelings of spiritual meaninglessness, guilt) and pathological anxiety, ...more
If I were to try to describe to someone my faith, I would call myself a "Tillichian" more than a "Christian." Unfortunately, nobody knows who Tillich is outside on PLU, so I need to say "liberal, non-literal, existentialist Protestant" instead.
Could talk about this for a long time. It changed how I think about the world and also how I think about therapy and how best to live. Looks at the central question of, how do we hold our faith in God in a world where the symbols and forms of the past have lost their meaning?
"Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith."

"Faith consists in being vitally concerned with that ultimate reality to which I give the symbolical name of God. Whoever reflects earnestly on the meaning of
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Bob Nichols
This book has two overarching themes that Tillich ties together. First, the modern age is plagued with anxiety, which is an awareness of our potential for "non-being." The three threats to "being" are death, emptiness and loss of meaning, and self-condemnation about not fulfilling our destiny. The result, despair, can be addressed only by an affirmation of our essence, our true self, which is our reason that allows us to participate in universal reason and the cosmic logos. Taking that affirmati ...more
Greg Bell
Although Tillich's writing can seem frustratingly academic, the ideas he presents are extremely relevant. He provides a historical framework on the philosophy of courage from Plato to Spinoza and then uses that platform to posit his own reasoning as a religious philosophic. Give this some time to sink in. It's worth it.

Do not read this unless you have some momentum going already.
I put this book in league with Dennis Brutus (who I also adore) and his poem "Stubborn Hope." Tillich is easy to read, even when he is doing the background philosophy work. I read Tillich when I feel discouraged or disheartened. He makes me feel like the mundane struggles of life have meaning.
Lindsay Moore
Tillich is brave in the face of the void, but faith ultimately offers no more than knowledge or will (Nietzsche). The ultimate question requires a new wisdom-before-death, some true seeing through the veil, something religious and supernatural. What is the spirit that seeks what is not known without skepticism?
Inspired by Heidegger, Tillich takes a great run at it with this classical book, and achieves a new high-water mark for 1952. Regrettably for those of ultimate concern, the new wisdom is
The first and most important task for Tillich is to render courage ontologically, over and against an ethical concept. Courage as a productive, creative and energetic response to non-being is being-itself, and thus provides the ground for our own courage to be. Of course, Tillich’s book does not offer a reason for the courage to be; if the courage to be was founded on a reason, an intellectual process, it would be ultimately foundationless and as meaningless as that which it should overtake. Yet ...more
Interesting how as I read through more and more of the so called "great authors" I find an underlying pattern and message that is repeated over and over again. These are men and women who have journeyed deep into the darkness of the their own soul and have survived to tell the rest of us about it. To let us know that the alienation we feel is not our alone, but of all mankind when our cultural, religious, philosophical and societal safe-guards have all failed. When we stand naked and vulnerable ...more
Erik Graff
Nov 10, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Erik by: Howard Burkle
Shelves: religion
Grinnell College's Psychology Department was oriented towards laboratory work. I, being a vegetarian, couldn't participate in much of it. Fortunately, the theoretical side of the field was being handled by the new Religious Studies Department which had a number of psychotherapists as adjuncts and instructors in addition to philosophically inclined senior faculty. My interest in any case was with questions of meaning, those kinds of "psychological" problems which everyone has--or should have at l ...more
This was a difficult read for me. Lots of philosophical terms and psychological concepts. I enjoyed feeling like an expanse of ideas occurred to include to contemplation of the following concepts:

1- God is not a supernatural entity among other entities. Instead, God is the ground upon which all beings exist. We cannot perceive God as an object which is related to a subject because God precedes the subject-object dichotomy.

2- When God is understood in this way, it becomes clear that not only is i
i particularly enjoyed Tillich's analysis of pathological and existential anxiety
Pathological anxiety, in relation to the anxiety of fate and death, produces an unrealistic security; in relation to the anxiety of guilt and condemnation, an unrealistic perfection; in relation to the anxiety of doubt and meaninglessness, and unrealistic certitude
This literary piece is brilliant and abundant in illustration. Certainly recommended :) !!
I think I somewhat got the basic idea of Thillich's concepts of the God beyond God or the acceptance of uncertainty, but it still does not help me much in reducing existential anxiety since there are no clear points about a content that ought to be believed or accepted to gain 'courage to be'.

I presume that Thillich is not a christian in a conventional sense. In fact, I am not even sure what kind of religious thought he represents. Is it some kind of post-modern Christianity where one does not e
Katelis Viglas
Rich and interesting study by an original theologian and philosopher, who offer to religious studies many new arguments, conversations, notions and theories. My only objection is about the pessimistic and heavy atmosphere of the book.
I liked his observations on Stoicism in relation to Christianity.
Nicholas Cook
Clearest, most compelling account of fideism I've encountered. First book I've read in one sitting in three years. Think Christian-hued Heideggerianism, or Nietzsche on his death bed. Better apologetics than Chesterton, Lewis, or Marcel.
Paul Bard
Tillich in "The Courage to Be" tries to overrule Aquinas, Aristotle and Plato's intelligible, logical and sensible ordering of human goods so that instead of the traditional position of wisdom and justice being the controlling greater goods of the other virtues - that is, of courage, prudence and temperance - courage overrules all other virtues as the highest good.

To this end he begins by misreading Plato's Laches as concluding without any understanding of courage (when in fact it points towards
This book was absolutely brilliant. I have to admit, about halfway through the book I still wasn't sure if I was going to like it. But in the last 3 chapters he really pulled it together. I guess that kind of makes sense because the first 3 were really the ground work for the concept and after that point you could really take it or leave it. It's in the second half of the book where he really proves his point.

This book is brilliant in and of itself, but I would suggest reading Peter Rollins (or
Wil Roese
Paul Tillich examines anxiety. Fear is different from anxiety in that fear is directed at a specific object whereas anxiety is not. Anxiety is not directed at a specific object because it comes from the thereat of nonbeing. Our nonbeing exists at three levels the ontic, spiritual and moral. Ontic anxiety is experienced as anxiety of fate and ultimately of death. Spiritual anxiety is experienced as emptiness and ultimately as meaninglessness. Moral anxiety is experienced as rejection and ultimate ...more
Whitney Marie
This is the 4th book by Paul Tillich that I have read and I loved how it was written. It will also be one of my text books for my future Master's in Divinity degree. I thought that this book was amazing because it deals with all of the things in today's day and age, as well as my own life. I would highly recommend this book to other people who are looking for a great read, or just need to know that it is okay to have the courage to be who they need to be when they need to be that way.

I give thi
In this amazing book, Tillich describes the challenge we all face - to find meaning in life in the midst of all the uncertainty that characterizes our existence. The anxiety that is a product of our existence can be diffused by the courage that comes with a determination to affirm our place in the world, despite the "threats" that come with death and the idea of "non-being." The strength to affirm meaning in our existence thus emanates from the courage to pursue our existence in the face of all ...more
This is a book that I will probably need to read a few times to even remotely begin to understand. However, what I got out of this first reading was good and interesting, and Tillich certainly gave me a lot to think about.

The book begins with a look at the historical understanding of being and courage. The next two chapters deal with anxiety and non-being. Tillich then looks at courage and participation (or the courage to be as a part) and courage and individualization (or the courage to be as o
For a book that is so wildly praised, I found it to be a mediocre blend of basic existentialism and Christian theology. He appears intentionally obscure with language at points, and I did not find any particularly new ideas in terms of existentialism beyond his notion that the existential situation can be transcended through mysticism.
Sep 14, 2013 Bob rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bob by: Seymour Russell
Many years ago, my dad recommended this book to me, and I finally read his underlined copy this week. It is a very "heavy" intellectual and moral exercise, requiring reflection on "the courage to be" (i.e., to find meaning in life) in the face of "non-being" and existential anxiety (of death, of lack of meaning, of guilt), which Tillich contrasts with "fear" of objective things that can be overcome. Tillich presents an historical, philosophical and ontological explication of anxiety, man's coura ...more
Ron Krumpos
"The Courage to Be" is one of the books in the secondary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism. "The greatest achievement in life" at has been reviewed on Goodreads.
There are only two explicitly Christian/theist philosophers worth reading: Kierkegaard and Tillich. Tillich's analysis of the various forms of 'courage' is thorough and spot-on. Tillich's evaluation of what constitutes neurosis is also wonderful, and supremely useful in thinking about one's own life. Tillich slightly blows his arguments with the conclusion of this book, as all his wonderful writing and thought culminates in some kind of very abstract 'come-to-jesus' statement, but even in this, ...more
Tillich analyzes the rise of society's existential awareness, looking at the development of existential philosophy and theology, comparing and contrasting until finally making a case for the necessity of an existentialism based on a belief on God.
i found the book a bit difficult to read, but where you can follow there are incredible insights. i wrestle with the end conclusion where Tillich argues that trust in God allows us to transcend the limitations of all other existential problems and phi
Ian Purkis
Tillich bridges Existentialism with Pauline Augustinian theological philosophy, yet makes these subjects approachable to a popular audience....Angst and Faith.
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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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“[A] process was going on in which people were transformed into things, into pieces of reality which pure science can calculate and technical science can control. … [T]he safety which is guaranteed by well-functioning mechanisms for the technical control of nature, by the refined psychological control of the person, by the rapidly increasing organizational control of society – this safety is bought at a high price: man, for whom all this was invented as a means, becomes a means himself in the service of means.” 10 likes
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