Questions on Tillich
Section One: Faith is "the act of unconditional, infinite and ultimate
- What is Tillich's definition of faith?
- What does faith promise?
- What does faith require?
- What threat is implicit?
- Do we have "ultimate concern" with something other than God? What
does T say about this in Section 1, par. 4?
- What does T's example promise and threaten?
Section Two: "Faith is a total and centered act of the personal self."
- What does it mean to say that faith is a "centered act"?
- How does faith relate to the superego? What does T say in Section 2,
par. 3 about the superego?
- What are the good and bad ways in which the superego can become integrated
- What does it mean to say that faith is "ecstatic"?
- What is the relationship between faith and thinking? Are they
mutually exclusive? Or can faith be a rational act?
- What does T say about cognition, will, and feeling? Do they produce
- What does T say about fear as an origin of faith?
Section Three: Awareness of the infinite drives human beings to faith.
- What is the difference between subjective faith and objective faith?
- What is your definition of idolatry? What is T's?
- What is "existential disappointment"?
- What is YOUR ultimate concern?
Re. Lewis: Find 2-4 quotations that you find controversial and consider
worthy of class discussion.