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Faith And The Courage To Be: Heschel And Tillich

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This chapter addresses the original existential experience with which human beings must contend, because it is upon the confrontation with that existential experience that Abraham Joshua Heschel builds his approach. It clarifies how the two thinkers, Heschel and Paul Tillich, influenced one another. Both thinkers worked at a time when doubt challenged the foundations of faith. Both sought to point the way to a faith that could contend with the danger of loss of faith not by eliminating doubt, but rather through a faith that grows in the human spirit despite doubt. The chapter shows the shared ideas as well as the differences in the spiritual struggle of these two thinkers. It describes the primary approaches that are important to understanding Heschels existential religious experience. Finally, it highlights the creative influence that resulted from the interfaith dialogue between Paul Tillich and Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Keywords: Abraham Joshua Heschel; interfaith dialogue; Paul Tillich; religious experience



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