The New Beingby Paul Tillich
These twenty-three meditations on key passages from the Bible were originally delivered as addresses at colleges and universities. They are short, powerful, and persuasive examinations of the effect of God’s love on the life of the believer and the challenges of living the New Creation—“the infinite passion of every human being.” Tillich scholar Mary Ann Stenger provides a new introduction for this edition.
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Paul Tillich (1886–1965) was born in Germany, the son of a Lutheran pastor. After earning a doctorate in philosophy, he was ordained in the Lutheran church and served as an army chaplain in the First World War. He is widely regarded as the leading Protestant theologian of the twentieth century. Mary Ann Stenger is an associate professor of humanities studies at the University of Louisville and the coauthor of Dialogues of Paul Tillich.
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Not being a student of theology, it was not until recently that I stumbled upon Tillich. David Richo quoted Tillich in a chapter heading in his book "Five Things you Cannot Change." I was so touched by the clarity and insight of the quote I have read and added several of Tillich's books to my library. In his book The New Being I found Tillich was able to integrate psychology and Theology into a beautiful tapestry of knowledge. I gained insights on my own beliefs and values which has led to a life more at peace. I do not have a strong belief in Christianity and sometimes wonder if I am more atheistic than any other set belief system and yet this book still weaved its way into my mind and left a lasting impression. I suggest this book to those that have a basic foundation in psychology and exposure to theology. For the beginning reader in either field it may not have as much impact.
As a Lutheran and Existential Psychologist, I found Tillich's collection of meditations both thought provoking and indirectly an appropriate response to Nietzche's criticisms of Christianity in "Will to Power." Tillich is a profound existential thinker that is true to the clear message that salvation is received by Grace alone, through Faith alone.