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Biblical Religion and the Search for Ultimate Reality

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  88 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 15th 1964 by University of Chicago Press (IL) (first published January 1st 1955)
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Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ideas, religion
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?
Regina Satchell
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for it's length. It skims over several concepts, but I believe that's because Tillich writes about them in depth elsewhere. Over all an good read for anyone who thinks philosophically about biblical religion.
Craig Pope
May 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those tracking the onto-theology debate/issue/illusion or whatever
Shelves: philosophy
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 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 03, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
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Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is really good. One of the books that influenced me in ways I probably have forgotten.
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Paul Tillich 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. Among the general populace, he is best known for his works The Courage to Be (1952) and Dynamics of ...more
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“The basic error of fundamentalism is that it overlooks the contribution of the receptive side in the revelatory situation and consequently identifies one individual and conditioned form of receiving the divine with the divine itself.” 5 likes
“Faith…is a concern of the whole person; it is the most personal concern, and that which determines all others. …it is not something which we can produce by the will to believe, but that by which we are grasped.” 0 likes
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