Paul Tillich – Symbols of Faith

Man’s ultimate concern must be expressed symbolically, because symbolic language alone is able to express the ultimate. This statement demands explanation in several respects. In spite of the manifold research about the meaning and function of symbols which is going on in contemporary philosophy, every writer who uses the term ‘symbol’ must explain his understanding of it.”

From “Symbols of Faith” by Paul Tillich

Read this extract from “Symbols of Faith” by Paul Tillich, in Dynamics of Faith (New York: Harper & Row, 1957).

  • The meaning of symbol
  • Religious symbols
  • Symbols and myths

 

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