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Paul Tillich - The New Being, Existential Sermons, 1955

Paul Tillich - The New Being, Existential Sermons, 1955



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The New Being
by Paul Tillich
The New Being was published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1955. This material was prepared for ReligionOnline by Ted & Winnie Brock.
PDF by ANGEL (realnost-2005@yandex.ru)
Chapter 1: "To Whom Much is Forgiven. . ."
 Jesus is on the side of the sinner. Forgiveness is not found among the righteous ones, for theydo not know how to give it. The Church would be more the Church of Christ if it joined Jesusin its encounter with those who are rightly judged unacceptable.
Chapter 2: The New Being
 Christianity as a religion is not important, for Christianity is more than a religion. It is the New Being that is important. Resurrection is not an event that might happen in some remotefuture, but it is the power of the New Being to create life out of death, here and now, todayand tomorrow. Where there is a New Being, there is resurrection, namely, the creation intoeternity out of every moment of time.
Chapter 3: The Power of Love
 He who professes devotion to God
abide in God if he abides in love, or he may not abidein God if he does not abide in love. And he who does not speak of God may abide in Him if he is abiding in love. And since the manifestation of God as love is His manifestation in Jesusthe Christ, Jesus can say that many of those who do not know Him, belong to Him, and thatmany of those who confess their allegiance to Him do not belong to Him.
Chapter 4: The Golden Rule
 The great commandment as Jesus repeats it and the descriptions of love in Paul and John’stremendous assertion that God
love, infinitely transcend the Golden Rule. It must betranscended, for it does not tell us what we
wish that men would do to us.
Chapter 5: On Healing (I and II)
 Faith means being grasped by a power that is greater than we are, a power that shakes us andturns us, and transforms us and heals us. Faith here, of course, does not mean the belief inassertions for which there is no evidence. It never meant that in genuine religion, and it never should be abused in this sense. The people whom Jesus could heal and can heal are those whoself-surrender to the healing power in Him.
Today we know what the New Testament alwaysknew—that miracles are signs pointing to the presence of a divine power in nature andhistory, and that they are in no way negations of natural laws.
Chapter 6: Holy Waste
 There is no creativity, divine or human, without the holy waste which comes out of thecreative abundance of the heart and does not ask, "What use is this?"
Chapter 7: Principalities and Powers
 Life, personal and historical, is a creative and destructive process in which freedom anddestiny, chance and necessity, responsibility and tragedy are mixed with each other ineverything and in every moment.
Chapter 8: "What Is Truth?"
 There is not freedom but demonic bondage where one’s own truth is called the ultimate truth.For this is an attempt to be like God, an attempt which is made in the name of God. Distrustevery claim for truth where you do not see truth united with love. The truth that liberates isthe power of love, for God is love.
Chapter 9: Faith and Uncertainty
 We may not grasp anything in the depth of our uncertainty, but that we are grasped bysomething ultimate, which keeps us in its grasp and from which we may strive in vain toescape, remains absolutely certain.
Chapter 10: "By What Authority?"
 Even the authority of Jesus the Christ is not the consecrated image of the man who rules as adictator, but it is the authority of him who emptied himself of all authority; it is the authorityof the man on the Cross
Chapter 11; Has the Messiah Come?
 The Christians feel blessed, according to the words of Jesus, because they have seen the presence of the saving power within the world and history. The Jews consider such a feelingalmost blasphemous, since, according to their faith, nothing of what they expect to happen inthe Messianic age has actually happened.
Chapter 12: "He Who Believes in Me..."
 We cannot pray to anyone except to God. If Jesus is someone besides God, we cannot andshould not pray to Him. But he who sees
sees the Father.
Chapter 13: Yes and No
 Yes and NoTruth as well as life unite Yes and No, and only the courage which accepts the infinite tension between Yes and No can have abundant life and ultimate truth.
Chapter 14: "Who Are My Mother and Brothers...?"
 The image of God can be distorted by the images of father and mother, so that its saving power is almost lost. This is not a limit for God, who again and again breaks through theimages we have made of Him, and who has shown in Christ that He is not only father andmother to us, but also child, and that therefore in Him the inescapable conflicts of everyfamily are overcome.
Chapter 15: "All Is Yours"
  No finite being can attain the infinite without being broken as He who represented the world,and its wisdom and its power, was broken on the Cross. "Broken" does not mean reduced or emaciated or controlled, but it means undercut in its idolatric claim.
Chapter 16: "Is There Any Word From the Lord?"
 The Church calls not His
 but His
the Word of God. The Church believes that inHis Being, the eternal has broken into the temporal in a way which once for all gives us
word, nay,
word from the Lord.
Chapter 17: Seeing and Hearing
 We never see only what we see; we always see something else with it and through it! Seeingcreates, seeing unites, and above all seeing goes beyond itself. The disciples and the massessaw Christ and through Him the God who is really God. He who has seen Him has seen theFather: This is true only of the Crucified.

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