Essay on What Faith Is By David Tillich

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In his essay “What Faith Is”, philosophical theologian Paul Tillich discusses humans and their “ultimate concerns”. These concerns demand a person’s whole being and life, requiring total surrender in order to achieve total fulfillment. They are acts of personality, centered by the human mind, both conscious and unconscious. A true ultimate concern involves the self, whereas a false concern involves an object. Considering Tillich’s definition, I find that there are several values and lessons that my parents instilled in me over time that I would consider ultimate concerns. However, some have made a lasting impact in my life, whereas others I have forgotten. The most significant ultimate concern that my parents still impart unto my younger brother and me today is that family is important. Friends and significant others will come and go, but family will always be around. There are various other values from my upbringing that I deem ultimate concerns. For example, every child, at some point in their lives, is taught some version of the Golden Rule: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” Throughout daycare and elementary school, this was repeated non-stop, and I followed it as best as my childhood self could. As I got older, this became common knowledge or implied, so instead my parents would simply tell me to do the right thing. In my household, school was also imperative. My father, particularly, emphasized this concern, saying, early on in my life, that I had to…

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