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Paul Tillich (1886 – 1965)


Theologian and existentialist philosopher.
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Paul Tillich
The courage to be is rooted in the God who appears when God disappears in the anxiety of doubt.
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vitality that can stand the abyss of meaninglessness is aware of a hidden meaning within the destruction of meaning.
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absolute faith is the dependence of the experience of nonbeing on the experience on being and the dependence of the experience of meaninglessness on the experience of meaning. even in the state of despair one has enough being to make despair possible.




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Life remains ambiguous as long as there is life.
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absolute faith, the acceptance of being accepted. Of course, in the state of despair there is nobody and nothing that accepts. But there is the power of acceptance itself which is experienced. Meaninglessness, as long as it is experienced, includes an experience of the "power of acceptance". To accept this power of acceptance consciously is the religious answer of absolute faith, of a faith which has been deprived by doubt of any concrete content, which nevertheless is faith and the source of the most paradoxical manifestation of the courage to be.
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Faith as ultimate concern is an act of the total personality. It happens in the center of the personal life and includes all its elements. Faith is the most centered act of the human mind. It is not a movement of a special section or a special function of man's total being. They all are united in the act of faith. But faith is not the sum total of their impacts. It transcends every special impact as well as the totality of them and it has itself a decisive impact on each of them.
Paul Tillich
experience of the power of being which is present even in the face of the most radical manifestation of non being.
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Faith is the state of being ultimately concerned. The content matters infinitely for the life of the believer, but it does not matter for the formal definition of faith. And this is the first step we have to make in order to understand the dynamics of faith.
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vitality in man is proportional to intentionality.
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