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UNT PHIL 2070 - Paul Tillich and What is Faith?

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Phil 2070 1st Edition Lecture 3 Outline of Last Lecture I.AristotleII. Continuation of Nietzsche and Charlie Hebdo discussionIII. Connection between Nietzsche, Charlie Hebdo, and TillichIV. Short discussion over Philosophy V. Paul Tillich’s “The Dynamics of Faith”Outline of Current Lecture VI. BlasphemyVII. Continuation of Discussion of Tillicha. Phenomenologyb. Apophatic VIII. What Faith is?a. Ultimate ConcernCurrent LectureBlasphemy – Speak negatively or drastically of the Devine; violate spiritual order via speech.- Something philosophical about blasphemy, about questioning.Tillich:Phenomenology – Accounting how things appear to us in our experience.- We’re finite beings, when Tillich talks about the Devine as infiniteo Infinite – Unconditioned, no limits, “ground being”- Tillich paralleling himself with Plato and Plotinus in the Westo Plato -> Good , Plotinus -> One- Parallel with Laozi (Dáo), Huang Po (Buddha Mind) in the East- Sacred/Holy/Devine God- “The Dynamics of Faith” – An attempt to explain the act of faithApophatic – To define/speak negativelyThese notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.- Notionso Faith is ultimate concerno Centered act Infinite possibilityo Source of faitho Faith and holyo Faith and doubto Faith and community- What is the thing in which I put my ultimate concern in the most?o Main Idea: How you reflectively look at what you care about the most- Security – Safety, absence of uncertaintyo No concerns/cares- Because faith is an existential act, it comes out of you and your life from a recognition of what you care about- We are concerned _________o Money, being wrong, school, I don’t know, alcohol, securityo “We” subjects directed toward objectso Human consciousness is always directed toward something “think of nothing” – you’re going to think of something always- Faith is a centered acto Being “in faith”o Source/objecto Always being pulled by rational/irrational, consciousness/unconsciousnessReasonStasis two opposing forces bring you to inactionEmotion- Faith is the possibility of ecstasy.o Breaking out of this war we find ourselves ino What transcends the problems every day and our own confusionWhat Faith is?- Asked, What are your concerns?- Proposed: Minor, Fundamental, and Major concerns onlyo Fundamental: lasting value, concern of 1st order- What is the Ultimate concern?o “If it claims ultimacy, demands total surrender” Total surrender to find total fulfillment Modified surrender is popular Where does Tillich get the “totalizing”? Why can’t we reject the ultimate and only have minor, major, and fundamental? “The human heart wants to rest in the infinite”- Faith – is the state of fundamental concern where one’s self of risko Does it require infinity?- Martin Heidesgeo – German, influenced Tillich o Abground – ultimate ground For purposes of orienting ourselves so that we understand we are temporary – when you contemplate you need a backgroundWhy can’t our idea be finite if we


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