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Publisher's Summary

In this classic and deeply insightful book, one of the world's most eminent philosophers describes the dilemma of modern man and points a way to conquering the problem of anxiety. The book is published by Yale University Press.

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Critic Reviews

"Were I to choose the most significant book in religion published in the second half of the twentieth century, my choice would easily fall upon Paul Tillich's The Courage to Be." (Peter J. Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in The Memorial Church, Harvard University)

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Read the book

Bland narration and the verbose writing style of this book made for a poor audiobook. Fortunately Tillich's ideas are worth listening to.

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A must read for anyone trying to understand life

brilliant existential work. very insightful and I'd recommend it to anyone trying understand life faith being self others and the world.

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  • D. Raynal
  • 19-04-2013

An essential read for the sophisticated seeker.

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I enjoyed every minute of it. I listened to the book several times as it is not an easy book to comprehend in just one reading.

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Tillich is deep and is worth spending a great deal of time investigating. This is a timeless piece of true psychological and philosophical thought.

What does Mort Crim bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice was pleasant and easy to listen to as I re-listened to the book several times.

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  • Peter Pajakowski
  • 22-03-2019

The most important theological work of the 20th ce

it cannot be over stated just how important this book is. Even if only read the last three chapters, you need to read it. Tillich recapitulates faith and "God" in a way that makes the concepts accessible, universal, primordial, and consistent with the core of human existence. Only the most ardent and facile fundamentalist would be unpersuaded by the authenticity of his argument, and even atheists can draw something deeply powerful from it without feeling naive

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  • joseph s. hill
  • 22-09-2014

The best ontological work Iv'e ever read.

What made the experience of listening to The Courage to Be the most enjoyable?

I was very sick of shallow treatments of this subject in my "evangelical bubble". This work was not only informative, but challenging! I hope to find more works like this in the future.

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It was quite dry, but some how his stately sound made sense for the material.

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This book made me examine my motives and identity.

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  • sharie patty
  • 06-01-2018

The Courage to be Lost in a Book

This book was very challenging. Some sentences I never did decipher even after numerous times rewinding and relistening. If you want to tackle a thought provoking book this is a good one. Plan on taking at the very least twice as long as the length of the reading. I received great insights in the description of the human journey of courage to be wholly human. Accepting anxiety as part of our humanity is a breathe of fresh air in the midst of all of our striving to be good enough.
“The courage to be is rooted in the God Who appears when the God [in our small human box] has disappeared in the anxiety of doubt.”
I recommend this book.

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  • Pogo
  • 02-08-2021

Thoughtful analysis of our modern situation (2021)

Tillich's analysis of the problems facing Western people in 1952 still rings true today.

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  • Jan Goericke
  • 28-05-2021

Amazing book, terrible narration

The content of this book make it ok to listen to the poor performance audio experience. One could not have picked a more monotonous, pompous and dispassionate narrator to read the fundamental truths of life.

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  • 20-07-2019

challenging

Paul Tillich never ceases to stimulate, challenge and motivate.The linkage of the courage to be with the cross is extraordinary.

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  • Carlos DeNox
  • 26-01-2017

what is it ?

the narration is lackluster and I have to listen to it again courage I really want to understand the teaching.

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  • Derek
  • 12-11-2014

Take this with a grain of salt...

I will admit up front that my review comes from MY perspective.

I am a Zen Buddhist, but I grew up going to Christian church. From my current viewpoint I find a lot of the focus of Christianity to be judgmental and narrow minded.

But I'm also interested in "reconciling" my viewpoint with that of Christianity where possible, of finding common ground, both with the faith, and with Christians. As such, I'm open to find Christian thinkers who advocate for open minded dialog, and ecumenical leanings.

From the reviews, I thought this book would be such an opening. From the reviews, it came across as a fresh perspective, and breaking some kind of ground.

But after listening to about an hour, it really just talks in circles, and doesn't say much of anything. All I heard was blah blah blah. Maybe I needed to keep listening, and the good stuff was at the end, but I couldn't get that far.

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  • Gary A.
  • 10-02-2018

fantastic introduction

This book provides a very solid and succinct introduction and overview to Niebuhr's life and writings.

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