Courage to Be

ISBN-10: 030018879X
ISBN-13: 9780300188790
Edition: 3rd 2014
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Description: Originally published more than fifty years ago, The Courage to Be has become a classic of twentieth-century religious and philosophical thought. The great Christian existentialist thinker Paul Tillich describes the dilemma of modern man and points a  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 7/8/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Originally published more than fifty years ago, The Courage to Be has become a classic of twentieth-century religious and philosophical thought. The great Christian existentialist thinker Paul Tillich describes the dilemma of modern man and points a way to the conquest of the problem of anxiety. This edition includes a new foreword by Harvey Cox that situates the book within the theological conversation into which it first appeared and conveys its continued relevance in the current century. “The brilliance, the wealth of illustration, and the aptness of personal application . . . make the reading of these chapters an exciting experience.”—W. Norman Pittenger, New York Times Book Review “A lucid and arresting book.”—Frances Witherspoon, New York Herald Tribune “Clear, uncluttered thinking and lucid writing mark Mr. Tillich’s study as a distinguished and readable one.”—American Scholar Selected as one of the Books of the Century by the New York Public Library

Paul Johannes Tillich was born into a German Lutheran pastor's family in that part of Germany that is now Poland. He attended several universities, earning the doctorate in philosophy in 1910, then taught at several more from 1919 to 1933. Removed from his professorate at Frankfurt by the Nazi government, he emigrated to the United States, with the encouragement of Reinhold Niebuhr, and taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York (1933--55), Harvard University (1955--62), and the University of Chicago (1962--65). The fullest biography, including some fairly lurid material of a psychosexual nature, can be found in the appreciative work by Wilhelm and Marion Pauck. The student who wants to encounter Tillich at his most succinct might turn to The Courage To Be (1952) or The Theology of Paul Tillich (1982). He is sometimes classified as Neo-orthodox, but that label does not fit him as well as it does Karl Barth, who had small regard for Tillich's "theology of correlation," where responding to the world's questions is seen as the proper way of practicing theology.

He is the Thomas Professor of Divinity at Harvard University & the author of the groundbreaking The Secular City. His book The Seduction of the Spirit was nominated for a National Book Award. He writes & lectures widely on issues of religion & culture. He is married and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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