The Courage to Be
Do not read this unless you have some momentum going already.
The “Courage to Be” is the operative mode of faith in Tillich sense. Both “courage” and “to be” are used in philosophic and theolo ...more
And yet I decided to overcome my theology phobia by reading Paul Tillich. Firstly, he states his inspirations -- the Stoics, Spinoza, and Nietzsche (seriously, how many t ...more
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 ...more
The ideas and concepts in this book will no doubt stay with me for the rest of my life. Paul Tillich has encouraged me to bear the responsibilities of my existential anxieties, of which a couple I had no notion of before. The Courage to Be, in spite of nonbeing is found in absolute faith, and he defines faith towards the end of the book in a completely radical way to what I’d encountered in my experience in any theism. He describes faith as the courage to acc ...more
This book examines the role that anxiety and courage plays in our ultimate relation to being, the relation between pathological and existential anxiety, the tensions between individualiza ...more
To this end he begins by misreading Plato's Laches as concluding without any understanding of courage (when in fact it po ...more
The underlying intent of the Terry Lectures conveyed at Yale University and compiled as The Courage to Be, gives the impression of offering a scientific and philosophical edge to theology. As such, Paul Tillich focused on the idea and meaning of the term “courage” as a convergence point of Sociology, Philosophy, and Theology.
Tillich’s preliminary aim focuses on a discussion of the conception of courage from a historical context. This discussion bestows diverse defining characteristics used to explain the...more
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 ...more
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 courag ...more
If you're looking for a more accessible introduction to these ideas, I can't strongly enough recommend Ernest Becker's writings, especially "The Denial of Death" and "The Birth and Death of Meaning." Becker e ...more
I liked his observations on Stoicism in relation to Christianity.