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Why does Tillich believe that metaphors and symbols give a better understanding of God?

- It cannot be subjected to tests for validity of meaning
- "Open up levels of reality which were otherwise closed to us"
- "Unlocks dimensions and elements of our soul"
- The language is understandable but also highlights ultimate reality which is God

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Give a quote from Tillich defining symbols in his book 'Dynamics of Faith'

"A symbol participates in that to which it points and a religious symbol points towards God, a person's ultimate concern"

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Why does Tillich believe we made the symbol of God?

Help us come to terms with our place in the universe, our relationship with the natural world and our purpose in living

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Why does Tillich believe we made the symbol of Jesus Christ?

Unlock some of the mystery of the relation between the physical and spiritual world, our tendency to sin and our desire for freedom

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Why is Tillich critical of the traditional descriptions of God?

They depict him as a being which still places God in a category of all created things and therefore he could not be the ultimate source of being

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What does Tillich believe God is?

God is existence and the reason why everything exists