Date: Tue Jun 03 2003 - 17:49:42 EDT
In a message dated 6/3/03 3:11:24 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
If The Courage to Be is the topic, Tillich's theology may be wanting but his
ontology is perfect.
Theoretically speaking, when one has abandoned the self, the subject/object
dichotomy is reconciled, and ontological anxiety is ended.
In genesis, it does say shame (only extant with self consciousness) came with
the fall. Jesus in the gospel of thomas does say," When you disrobe without
being ashamed you will not be afraid."
If you switch shame/self consciousness (without a self what would you be
ashamed of?) then without self consciousness, there is no ontological anxiety
because there is no concern for the self. I got the same analysis from Tillich. I
found Tillich valuable for his elucidation of the ontology of experience and
for the comparison I was just able to make.
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