Tilich, Marx and Feuerbach

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There is a feeling of confirmation by the will of what ultimately concerns a person, but faith itself is definitely not the creation of the will. Therefore, faith is not an independent act of having a “will to believe.” This argument derives from Tillich’s belief that faith is the state of being ultimately concerned. Faith requires both rational and non-rational elements. Although faith is ecstatic, there must be a certain amount of awareness.
The individual must be aware that there needs to be truth and ethical value associated to their belief. Indeed, man is the only living being that “has spiritual concerns- cognitive, aesthetic, social, and political.” (1) Therefore, faith is an act that reflects total personality, it happens in the center of personal life and all the elements mentioned are included. Therefore, a person is free in the sense that their faith comes from within. Their faith is developed through the freedom they possess to carry out centered acts of personality. It is evident, then, that “freedom and faith are identical.” (6) Hence, having faith does not come from external forces, they come from within. Faith essentially means being ultimately concerned, therefore, even an individual who does not believe he has faith, actually does.
We find a huge contrast between Tillich and Marx…

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