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Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Leading Thinkers | 0 comments

Paul Tillich (1886 – 1965)

German Protestant Theologian – Emphasised the importance of having the courage to be in the face of the anxiety of non-being inherent in our lived experience. In our most introspective moments we have the potential to experience the terror of our own nothingness – our finite existence and our mortality. Tillich argues that as humans we feel alienated because we are separated from the essence of being – in that being human we cannot ever experience the essence of being, although we may well be able to imagine such an essence – such as perfection or God.

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