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God in man’s own image – Tillich

August 24, 2009

The name of this infinite and inexhaustible depth and ground of all being is God. That depth is what the word God means. And if that word has not much meaning for you, translate it, and speak of the depths of your life, of the source of your being, of your ultimate concern, of what you take seriously without any reservation. Perhaps, in order to do so, you must forget everything traditional that you have learned about God, perhaps even that word itself. For if you know that God means depth, you know much about Him. You cannot then call yourself an atheist or unbeliever. For you cannot think or say: Life has no depth! Life itself is shallow. Being itself is surface only. If you could say this in complete seriousness, you would be an atheist; but otherwise you are not. He who knows about depth knows about God.

Paul Tillich, The Shaking of the Foundations, ch.7

I know some people who ‘take seriously’ Sheffield United ”without any reservation’. And for them, their team is their god and Saturday afternoon their day of observance. But God is as He has revealed Himself to be.