Shortly before his death, Paul Tillich delivered a series of lectures that explored his personal search for meaning. The lectures were posthumously printed alongside illustrations from the famous cartoonist, and close friend of Tillich, Saul Steinberg. The result is a beautiful and quirky philosophical autobiography that gives a rare insight into the heart and mind of one of the twentieth centuries intellectual giants. It is the last major work from Tillich, and one that offers a unique overview of his life’s work.
The book itself outlines Tillich’s lifelong passion for excavating the event that is housed in the name “God”. In My Search for Absolutes, we encounter the sources of his ideas, the relationship of his life to his thought, and the emergence of his vision.
Over four weeks, we’ll read the entire book. Each Sunday at 11am (PST) I’ll offer a seminar on the chapter we’ve just read. You can engage with these seminars live, or download them later. You’ll also receive a PDF of the book.
13th May - What Am I: An Autobiographical Essay
20th May - Absolutes in Human Knowledge and the Idea of Truth
27th May - The Absolute and the Relative Element in Moral Decisions
3rd June - The Holy: The Absolute and the Relative in Religion
Each talk can be engaged with live at 11am (PST) or watched later. To participate, you must be signed up to level 4 on Patreon (you can sign up temporarily to just do this course). This level also gives you access to all my other online courses, as well as weekly blog posts, month seminars and more. A week before the book study you'll get information about how to participate.