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Old 01-08-2012, 06:34 PM
 
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Default God: Ultimate Concern

Aristotle taught that the only way that the "Prime Mover" (God) could be perfect, lacking potential & unchanging & still influence change (ie creation) is through attraction.
From the tiny microbes to the planets in the universe... we are all attracted to living the best we can, in our unique way of existence.

Paul Tillich wrote, "God is the fundamental & universal content of faith... ultimate concern...It is obvious that such an understanding of the meaning of God make the discussions about the existence or nonexistence of God meaningless. It is meaningless to question the ultimacy of an ultimate concern..."
God is whatever concerns us ultimately, whatever is most important in our lives. This is even true, when one denies the existence of God.
"Where there is ultimate concern, God can be denied only in the name of God."


What is your ultimate concern?
Is it always the same, or does it change?
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Log home in the Appalachians
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What is your ultimate concern? Interesting question you ask, but a person's ultimate concern can change depending on the situation one finds oneself in, life itself dictates what your ultimate concern would be, the different stages of your life can also dictate what your ultimate concern would be, so I would say that a person's ultimate concern is not always the same.


deprives me of my subjectivity because he is all-powerful and all-knowing, I revolt and make him into an object, but the revolt fails and becomes desperate. God appears as the invincible tyrant, the being in contrast with whom all beings are without freedom and subjectivity. He is equated with the recent tyrants who with the help of terror try to transform everything into a mere object, a thing among things, a cog in a machine they control. He becomes the model of everything against which Existentialism revolted. This is the God Nietzsche said had to be killed because nobody could tolerate being made into a mere object of absolute knowledge and absolute control. This is the deepest root of atheism. It is an atheism which is justified as the reaction against theological theism and it's disturbing implications.
Paul Tillich
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Sitting beside Walden Pond
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deprives me of my subjectivity because he is all-powerful and all-knowing, I revolt and make him into an object, but the revolt fails and becomes desperate. God appears as the invincible tyrant, the being in contrast with whom all beings are without freedom and subjectivity. He is equated with the recent tyrants who with the help of terror try to transform everything into a mere object, a thing among things, a cog in a machine they control. He becomes the model of everything against which Existentialism revolted. This is the God Nietzsche said had to be killed because nobody could tolerate being made into a mere object of absolute knowledge and absolute control. This is the deepest root of atheism. It is an atheism which is justified as the reaction against theological theism and it's disturbing implications.
Paul Tillich
What nonsense! I guess if you write something and use a lot of big words, some people think you are wise.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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What nonsense! I guess if you write something and use a lot of big words, some people think you are wise.
Instead of just delivering a quick, short-handed insult and running away, why dont you calmy and intelligently explain to him why you see his post as nonsense. Theres nothing I cant stand more than cut-and-run posts.

No wonder us atheists and skeptics have such a bad rep here in R&P
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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What nonsense! I guess if you write something and use a lot of big words, some people think you are wise.
Good grief, they were not ptsum's words...It was a quote by Paul Tillich.
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:30 AM
 
Location: City-Data Forum
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"[...] It is an atheism which is justified as the reaction against theological theism and it's disturbing implications."

~ Paul Tillich
Not just implications, but applications as well.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Ashburn, Va
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deprives me of my subjectivity because he is all-powerful and all-knowing, I revolt and make him into an object, but the revolt fails and becomes desperate. God appears as the invincible tyrant, the being in contrast with whom all beings are without freedom and subjectivity. He is equated with the recent tyrants who with the help of terror try to transform everything into a mere object, a thing among things, a cog in a machine they control. He becomes the model of everything against which Existentialism revolted. This is the God Nietzsche said had to be killed because nobody could tolerate being made into a mere object of absolute knowledge and absolute control. This is the deepest root of atheism. It is an atheism which is justified as the reaction against theological theism and it's disturbing implications.
Paul Tillich
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What nonsense! I guess if you write something and use a lot of big words, some people think you are wise.

Please to be pointing out the big words you are referring to. Existentialism is the only one I can see. It's not subjectivity is it? Implications?
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Sitting beside Walden Pond
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deprives me of my subjectivity because he is all-powerful and all-knowing, I revolt and make him into an object, but the revolt fails and becomes desperate. God appears as the invincible tyrant, the being in contrast with whom all beings are without freedom and subjectivity. He is equated with the recent tyrants who with the help of terror try to transform everything into a mere object, a thing among things, a cog in a machine they control. He becomes the model of everything against which Existentialism revolted. This is the God Nietzsche said had to be killed because nobody could tolerate being made into a mere object of absolute knowledge and absolute control. This is the deepest root of atheism. It is an atheism which is justified as the reaction against theological theism and it's disturbing implications.
Paul Tillich
OK, I read this again a few times, and I still don't understand the point this guy is trying to make. Can anyone simplify it?
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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This is the deepest root of atheism. It is an atheism which is justified as the reaction against theological theism and it's disturbing implications.
Paul Tillich
Sorry to be commenting again so soon, but this stuff really puzzles me.

I have heard this Paul Tillich guy is really wise, but since I am a lifelong Atheist, I should understand what it means to be an Atheist.

He mentions the "disturbing implications" of "theologican theism", and says that my Atheism is a "reaction" to those implications. I don't understand that at all.

I believe Theists are people who believe there is a supreme being or supreme force that controls the Universe we see around us, but I don't think their beliefs have any "disturbing implications" for me. Theists have always, and I mean ALWAYS, been very nice to me, so why would Tillich think that my beliefs are an adverse "reaction" to them?

I really don't understand where he is coming from. Do any of you?
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:39 PM
 
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hiker45: Theists' beliefs only necessarily have "disturbing implications" for you when their beliefs influence the law.
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