The Philosophical Philosopher Paul Tillich 's View Of Faith

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Philosophical theologian Paul Tillich’s view of faith is intriguing and full of depth. Tillich professed, “Faith to be a state of being ultimately concerned.” (Morrison, 2011). In life, people are concerned about several things that are above our personal existence and every living being has concerns about something. For example, we, as people live our lives daily concerned about our basic needs, i.e. food, shelter, and clothing. Furthermore, Tillich acknowledged there are some concerns “which are spiritual in nature, such as cognitive, aesthetic, moral, and political that can have an elevated level of ultimacy.” (Smith, 2003, p. 1). Although these concerns are of great importance, Tillich’s idea of ultimate concern supersedes all other concerns, as it is our greatest and tends to take on a religious nature. Accordingly, our ultimate concern can be about anything (Smith, 2003). Tillich proclaims this is the concern that requires full surrender and will be benefit one the most relinquish all personal stipulations and submit fully to reap those rewards. Now, to some, this ultimate concern could be their success. A person may place all their faith into their career and give all of themselves to their job in order to obtain that level of success to make them feel rewarded. Tillich further expresses, “faith is that which comes upon a person, deeply moving, and taking hold of him or her, such that no conditions or limitations can be placed upon its seriousness.” (Smith,

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