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Paul Tillich Quotes up for Discussion!

Omega Green

The following quotes are from existentialist theologian Paul Tillich; I've included them here because Paul Tillich affirmed an atheistic concept of God. Feel free to isolate specific quotes for your elucidation.

Language... has created the word 'loneliness' to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word 'solitude' to express the glory of being alone.

Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny.

Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.

Cruelty towards others is always also cruelty towards ourselves.

Faith consists in being vitally concerned with that ultimate reality to which I give the symbolical name of God. Whoever reflects earnestly on the meaning of life is on the verge of an act of faith.

There is no love which does not become help.

He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being.

The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.

Man's ultimate concern must be expressed symbolically, because symbolic language alone is able to express the ultimate.

Boredom is rage spread thin.

The courage to be is rooted in the God who appears when God has disappeared in the anxiety of doubt.

Faith is the state of being ultimately concerned.

The awareness of the ambiguity of one's highest achievements (as well as one's deepest failures) is a definite symptom of maturity.


Bodhisattva in Recovery
I disagree that "Boredom is rage spread thin." Standing on its own it is a worthless statement simply because it is not true. Boredom has little to do with rage however one wishes to spread it. For clarity, however, it would be nice to see the phrase in context.
The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.
Courage is in the power of self belief and in the human spirit. The human spirit is more than just a level of conscience but is the part of us which understands God and as His likeness embedded into us. The Holy Spirit created the human spirit. Courage is biblical understanding of where we are at and where we want to go and who we want to be.