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Tillich Paul the Eternal Now Existential Philosophy Faith Christian Library

Tillich Paul the Eternal Now Existential Philosophy Faith Christian Library

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The Eternal Now
by Paul Tillich
Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1963. This material was prepared for Religion Online by Tedand Winnie Brock.
 
PDF by ANGEL (realnost-2005@yandex.ru)
 
 
 
Preface
 However the Christian message is expressed, whether in abstract theological language, or inconcrete language in preaching, it must be relevant for our time if it uses the language of ourtime.
Chapter 1: Loneliness and Solitude
 Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone. Solitude expesses the glory of being alone. Theinnermost nature of solitude is the presence of the eternal upon the crowded roads of thetemporal.
Chapter Two: Forgetting and Being Forgotten
 The simple word "forget" plunges us into the deepest riddles of life and death, of time andeternity. There are three kinds of forgetting: 1. The burden of the past liberated by the present.2. The pain of our past guilt forgotten by repentance. 3. The distress of our being forgottenrepressed by our forgetting.
Chapter 3: The Riddle of Inequality
 The riddle of inequality cannot be solved on the level of our separation from each other. It iseternally solved through the divine participation in the life of all of us and every being. Thecertainty of divine participation gives us the courage to endure the riddle of inequality,although our finite minds cannot solve it.
Chapter 4: The Good That I Will, I Do Not
 Paul speaks more often of Sin – Sin spelled with a capital "S," Sin as a power that controlsworld and mind, persons and nations. Sin is more than the trespassing of a list of rules. Allsins are manifestations of Sin, of the power of estrangement and inner conflict. Sin dwells inus, it controls us, and makes us do what we don’t want to do.
Chapter 5: Heal the Sick; Cast Out the Demons
 The first task of a minister is to make men aware of their predicament. Both physical andmental, individual and social, illness is a consequence of the estrangement of man’s spiritfrom the divine Spirit, and that no sickness can be healed or any demon cast out without thereunion of the human spirit with the divine Spirit.
Chapter 6: Man and Earth
 There is a dread that permeates the whole being of our times, especially amid the youngergeneration. It is the sense of living under a continuous threat, the imminent danger of auniversal and total catastrophe. Only the Eternal can give us the certainty that the earth, and,with it, mankind, has not existed in vain, even should history come to an end tomorrow.
Chapter 7: Spiritual Presence
 The work of the Spiritual Presence in a man reaches its height when it liberates him from theyoke of the commandments to the freedom of the Spirit. Life is great and holy, deep andabundant, ecstatic and sober, limited and distorted by time, fulfilled by eternity.
 
Chapter 8: The Divine Name
 Either in denying or in affirming when we say "God," we are in sublime embarrassment.There are three forms of this embarrassment: The embarrassment of tact, of doubt and of awe.
Chapter 9: God’s Pursuit of Man
 If someone is arrested by God and made aware of the ambiguous character of his religiouslife, religion is not taken away from him. Since he has reached freedom
 from
religion, he alsohas reached freedom
 for 
religion. He is blessed in it and he is blessed outside of it. He hasbeen opened to the ultimate dimension of being.
Chapter 10: Salvation
 It is our estrangement and guilt which are the impediments which keep us from reachingeternal life here and now.
Chapter 11: The Eternal Now
 The mystery is that we
have
a present; and even more, that we have
our 
future also becausewe anticipate it in ‘the present; and that we have
our 
past also, because we remember it in thepresent. In the present our future and our past are
ours.
 
Chapter 12: Do Not Be Conformed
 Not conformity, but transformation -- The conformism that threatened Jesus most effectivelyand brought him to death was the religious conformism of his time. And the situation was andis not different in the church. Dare to be not conformed to this eon, but transform it
 
courageously first in yourselves, then in your world -- in the spirit and the power of love.
Chapter 13: Be Strong
 One cannot be strong without love. For love is not an irrelevant emotion; it is the blood of life, the power of reunion of the separated. Strength without love leads to separation, to judgment, to control of the weak. Love reunites what is separated; it accepts what is judged; itparticipates in what is weak, as God participates in our weakness and gives us strength by Hisparticipation.
Chapter 14: In Thinking Be Mature
 The decisive step to maturity is risking the break away from spiritual infancy with itsprotective traditions and guiding authorities. Without a "no" to authority, there is no maturity.This "no" need not be rebellious, arrogant, or destructive. As long as it is so, it indicatesimmaturity by this very attitude.
Chapter 15: On Wisdom
 Wisdom is not a matter of intellectual power; rationality is not wisdom. It is wisdom to seewisdom in the mystery and the conflicts of life. It is insight into the meaning of one’s life, intoits conflicts and dangers, into its creative and destructive powers, and into the ground out of which it comes and to which it
 
must return. He who has encountered the mystery of life hasreached the source of wisdom.
Chapter 16: In Everything Give Thanks
 Thanksgiving consecrates everything created by God. It transfers something that belongs tothe secular world into the sphere of the holy.

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