The Courage to Be

  • by Paul Tillich
  • Narrated by Mort Crim
  • 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this classic and deeply insightful book, one of the world's most eminent philosophers describes the dilemma of modern man and points a way to conquering the problem of anxiety. The book is published by Yale University Press.

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What the Critics Say

"Were I to choose the most significant book in religion published in the second half of the twentieth century, my choice would easily fall upon Paul Tillich's The Courage to Be." (Peter J. Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in The Memorial Church, Harvard University)

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Take this with a grain of salt...

I will admit up front that my review comes from MY perspective.

I am a Zen Buddhist, but I grew up going to Christian church. From my current viewpoint I find a lot of the focus of Christianity to be judgmental and narrow minded.

But I'm also interested in "reconciling" my viewpoint with that of Christianity where possible, of finding common ground, both with the faith, and with Christians. As such, I'm open to find Christian thinkers who advocate for open minded dialog, and ecumenical leanings.

From the reviews, I thought this book would be such an opening. From the reviews, it came across as a fresh perspective, and breaking some kind of ground.

But after listening to about an hour, it really just talks in circles, and doesn't say much of anything. All I heard was blah blah blah. Maybe I needed to keep listening, and the good stuff was at the end, but I couldn't get that far.
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- Derek

The best ontological work Iv'e ever read.

What made the experience of listening to The Courage to Be the most enjoyable?

I was very sick of shallow treatments of this subject in my "evangelical bubble". This work was not only informative, but challenging! I hope to find more works like this in the future.


What aspect of Mort Crim’s performance would you have changed?

It was quite dry, but some how his stately sound made sense for the material.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me examine my motives and identity.


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- joseph s. hill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2010
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks