The Existentialists and God: Being and the Being of God in the Thought of Soren Kierkegaard, Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Tillich, Etienne Gilson [And] Karl Barth

The Existentialists and God: Being and the Being of God in the Thought of Soren Kierkegaard, Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Tillich, Etienne Gilson [And] Karl Barth

The Existentialists and God: Being and the Being of God in the Thought of Soren Kierkegaard, Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Tillich, Etienne Gilson [And] Karl Barth

The Existentialists and God: Being and the Being of God in the Thought of Soren Kierkegaard, Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Tillich, Etienne Gilson [And] Karl Barth

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This book contains the lectures I delivered as guest professor of the Robert Foundation chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Christian Ethics at Presbyterian College, Montreal, during the fall semester of 1954. In the course of their preparation I became convinced that the central and basic problem for theology today is that of distinguishing between the various concepts of being held by existentialists inside and outside the Church and the Christian doctrine of the being of God revealed in Jesus Christ. It seemed to me that almost all of the crucial issues for theology go back to the fundamental question of the ultimate reality in relation to which man's life is lived. Before there could be a fruitful discussion of hermeneutics, in particular of the problem of the "demythologizing" of the New Testament, and before there could be a meaningful presentation of other Christian doctrines for our day, it was imperative to clear up, if possible, the widespread confusion of theology with existential ontology. These lectures on the thought of Kierkegaard, Jaspers, Heidegger, Sartre, Tillich, Gilson, and Barth are intended as a contribution toward such a clarification.

I wish to record my profound appreciation of the honor which Principal Robert Lennox and the board of Presbyterian College bestowed upon me by inviting me to be the first to deliver the Robert Foundation Lectures. I am also indebted to Professor F. H. Anderson, head of the department of philosophy at University College, University of Toronto, and the Rev. Dr. George B. Ehlhardt, librarian at the seminary of the University of Dubuque . . .

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