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Biblical Religion and the Search for Ultimate Reality

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 plea for the essential function of philosophy in religious thought.

96 pages | 0.00 x 0.00 | © 1955

Religion: Philosophy of Religion, Theology, and Ethics

Table of Contents

I. Basic Concepts
1. The Meaning of "Biblical Religion"
2. The Meaning of Philosophy
II. Human Existence and the Question of Being
1. Man and the Question of Being
2. Philosophical Objections
3. The Philosophical Attitude
III. The Foundation of Biblical Personalism
1. The Personal Character of the Experience of the Holy
2. The Special Character of Biblical Personalism
IV. Personalism and the Divine-Human Relationship
1. The Reciprocal Character of the Divine-Human Relationship
2. Biblical Personalism and the Word
V. Personalism and the Divine Manifestations
1. Personalism and Creation
2. Personalism and Christology
3. Personalism, History, and Eschatology
VI. Man in the Light of Biblical Personalism
1. Biblical Personalism and Man’s Ethical Existence
2. Biblical Personalism and Man’s Social Existence
3. Faith and Sin in Biblical Religion
4. Faith, Doubt, and the Ontological Question
VII. The Ontological Problems Implied in the Subjective Side of Biblical Religion
1. Total and Intellectual Conversion
2. Ethics of Grace and Ethics of Decision
3. Solitude and Love in Biblical Religion and Ontology
VIII. The Ontological Problems Implied in the Objective Side of Biblical Religion
1. The Divine Manifestations and the Search for Ultimate Reality
2. The Divine-Human Relationship and the Search for Ultimate Reality
3. God as the Ground of Being in Ontology and Biblical Religion

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