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Existentialism is the title of the set of philosophical ideals that emphasizes the existence of the human being, the lack of meaning and purpose in life, and the solitude of human existence.
Existentialism maintains existence precedes essence: This implies that the human being has no essence, no essential self, and is no more that what he is. He is only the sum of life is so far he has created and achieved for himself.
Existentialism stresses the risk, the voidness of human reality and admits that the human being is thrown into the world, the world in which pain, frustration, sickness, contempt, malaise and death dominates.
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 Existentialism - Psychology Wiki - A Wikia wiki
Existentialism is a philosophical movement that views human existence as having a set of underlying themes and characteristics, such as anxiety, dread, freedom, awareness of death, and consciousness of existing.
Existentialism emphasizes action, freedom, and decision as fundamental to human existence and is fundamentally opposed to the rationalist tradition and to positivism.
Existentialism decisively rejects this argument, asserting instead that as conscious beings humans always find themselves already in a world, a prior context and history that is given to consciousness and in which it is situated, and that humans cannot think away that world.
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 Christian Existentialism
Existential authors expressed the absurdity of life and the anxiety of facing a world where the character’s lives lack any definable meaning.
The 19th-century philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche (pronounced Neetz'-shuh), is typically recognized as one of the springs of existentialism.
Existentialism seems to have begun as a study of an individual coming to terms with the demands of faith.
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 Christian Existentialism
Practicing Christians who may not have thought much about the psychological message of Christianity, or may even be critical of what they see as attempts to "psychologize" Christianity.
In fact, in the first the first few centuries of Christianity, the main expositors of psychological theory were Christian writers.
Christianity also discusses a second type of salvation-- relating to ultimate spiritual union with God in a life beyond.
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 Existentialism and Christianity. - Asia Finest Discussion Forum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The basic of existentialism is subjectivity, which is individual freedom of choice, and believing in God is a personal commitment as to how you want to live this life; therefore, in my opinion, co-existence is acceptable and possible.
From: Sacramento CA Existentialism firmly rejects God....Christianity firmly rejects anything not Christian.....There you have it, to be a "existential christian" is a contridiction.....
Existentialism firmly rejects God....Christianity firmly rejects anything not Christian.....There you have it, to be a "existential christian" is a contridiction.....
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 Existentialist Views on Death   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Existentialism is a philosophy developed chiefly in the 20th century that attempts find meaning in a seemingly meaningless world.
The central theme of existentialism is that an individual must assume all responsibilities for his or her acts of free will without any absolute knowledge of what is right or wrong.
Existentialism analyzes this somewhat dismal situation mankind has been thrown into, and produces a model for how an individual should live his or her life.
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 existentialism - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
existentialism, any of several philosophic systems, all centered on the individual and his relationship to the universe or to God.
Heidegger rejected the label of "existentialist" and described his own philosophy as an investigation of the nature of being in which the analysis of human existence is only the first step.
In France the most prominent exponent of a Christian existentialism was Gabriel Marcel, who developed his philosophy within the framework of the Roman Catholic Church.
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 Existentialist Aspects of Modern Art
I distinguish three meanings of this term: existentialism as an element in all important human thinking, existentialism as a revolt against some features of the industrial society of the nineteenth century, and existentialism as a mirror of the situation of sensitive human beings in our twentieth century.
Existentialism as a universal element in all thinking is the attempt of man to describe his existence and its conflicts, the origin of these conflicts, and the anticipations of overcoming them.
Existentialism describes the human situation, and as such it is a decisive element in present day religious thinking and Christian theology.
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Existentialism - any of several philosophical systems of the 20th cent., all centered on the individual and the individual's relationship to the universe or to God.
Existentialism is not a religion, nor is it a system of beliefs.
Kierkegaard developed a Christian existentialism that recognized the concrete ethical and religious demands confronting the individual, who is forced each time to make a subjective commitment.
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 Christian existentialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christian existentialism relies on three major assumptions drawn from Kierkegaard's unique understanding of Christianity.
An existential reading of the Bible demands that the reader recognize that he is an existing subject studying the words God is communicating to him personally.
Existentially speaking, the Bible doesn't become an authority in a person's life until they authorize the Bible to be their personal authority.
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 Christian books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Some Christians might be surprised to learn how well developed the philosophy they subscribe to actually is. Sire makes clear that as far as he's concerned, this is the right answer.
Christian existentialism remains the dominant world view of the liberal Protestant whereas atheist existentialism is the exclusive preserve of left bank philosophers
Peter Williams is even younger than I am and part of the new breed of intellectual Christians in the UK who have grown up with modern science and are not in the slightest bit fazed by it.
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 Existentialism Theory
Dictionary.com defines existentialism theory as “A philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one's acts.”
Existentialism is generally an atheistic philosophy though some theists have attempted to adopt it into their individual theistic paradigms.
Existentialism, for most of its adherents, can be understood as atheistic.
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 The Antithesis of Existentialism
Secular humanism in its various manifestations was then contrasted with the existentialism of the postwar era, a brief mention was made of postmodernity, and we concluded by contrasting the declarative method of evangelism with Dr. Francis Schaeffer’s presuppositional method.
Existentialism honestly recognized that humanity had the capacity for great evil and saw this “temple without a roof” as being an awful curse rather than a great blessing.
Francis Schaeffer (1912–1984) was alive and well during a time when existentialism was the prevailing philosophy emerging from university campuses, and it is the campuses where the social climate is first set before it filters down to the general populace.
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 Some Notes on Orthodox Ethics and Existential Authenticity - Edward Moore - Theandros - Online Journal of Orthodox ...
From the Christian’s perspective, the Existentialist atheist is blind to the reality of human subjection to sin, and fails to grasp the divine legacy open to all human beings.
In contemporary Existentialism this dread is described as a disorientation of the individual, who feels as if he has been "thrown" into existence, without any decision on his part.
The truth of Existentialism, then, may be understood as the realization that personal existence precedes the essence derived from an historical and necessarily creative or constitutive engagement with the open arena of the world.
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 Soren Kierkegaard - Theopedia
This mission would seem at odds with Christianity's true doctrine, which is to stress the importance of the individual, not the whole.
Christianity becomes an empty religion: Thus, the state church political structure is offensive and detrimental to individuals, since everyone can become "Christian" without knowing what it means to be Christian.
It is also detrimental to the religion itself since it reduces Christianity to a mere fashionable tradition adhered to by unbelieving "believers", a "herd mentality" of the population, so to speak.
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 Christianity Responds: The 20th Century - By Miles Hodges   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
He looked beyond the literary structure of Scripture itself to the contemporary cultural milieu of the times in which they were composed--discovering that though the texts may show a late editing, they reflect cultural practices of much greater antiquity, evidence that the material is much older than merely the last editing.
Barth was a formulator of "neo-orthodoxy": revitalization of the dogmas of traditional Christianity as the key to faith.
He was opposed to an "historic" Jesus--as unproveable and irrelevant He posited instead the Christ of faith, who acts to deepen faith in the heart of the believer.
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 Existentialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Existentialism can be seen as a philosophical movement that rejects the belief that life has an inherent meaning, but instead requires each individual to posit his or her own subjective values.
Existentialism, in its currently recognizable 20th century form, was inspired by Søren Kierkegaard, Fyodor Dostoevsky and the German philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche, Edmund Husserl, and Martin Heidegger.
Existentialism decisively rejects this argument, asserting instead that as conscious beings, humans would always find themselves already in a world, a prior context and a history that is given to consciousness, and that humans cannot think away that world.
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 Messages for the month of February
One type of Christianity may perhaps be called objectively nihilistic in the sense that it leaves man, i e each indvividual, absolutely free to create and sustain his own values in life.
In Christianity, meaning fills the universe--in Hopkin's phrase, "the world is charged with the grandeur of God." But that meaning belongs to God, and is often inaccessible to human beings--even Moses, Job, David, the prophets and the disciples are frequently in the dark as to what is going on.
So: Christianity is a story that absolutely denies meaninglessness, even while it acknowledges that the experience of meaninglessness is a part of the tragedy of the human condition.
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 Christian existential humanism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christian Existential Humanism (CEH) is a reconstructivist social and political philosophy combining Christian humanism and Christian existentialism.
CEH consists of three elements: A strong sense of faith, based in a personal relationship with God through Christ; a celebration of individuality and the unique talents of each person; and an ethic of service to humanity as a whole.
CEH is a direct descendant of the traditional African-American church experience, which has always had a place for individual talent as expressed through the arts and humanities, and for faith as expressed through service to the community at large.
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 Theologica: Comment on Aboutness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Nietzsche (one of the "grandfathers" of existentialism), for example, brings about a tremendous challenge to Christian morality--not because of its morals are necessarily wrong but because they way morality is followed by the Christian.
Christianity at its root argues that the basis for understanding human existence is God and his revelation.
I don't think that Christianity and Existentialism have to be NECESSARILY at odds with each other, and I don't think that an existentialist CHristianity is the right direction for the future.
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 Existentialism - Catholic Answers Forums
Certainly atheistic existentialism is not, but what about those ideas that Catholic theologians have tried to reconcile with Christianity.
While some of the theological and philosophical conclusions that existentialism arrives at are irreconcilable with Catholic doctrine, I would say that the experience of emotional/spritual angst and misery are totally in line with Catholic thought.
Existentialism is very much oriented towards guidance for living, whereas other philsophical system are mostly tools of thought.
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 Existentialsim by Roger Jones
The roots of existentialism began with Kierkegaard in the first half of the 19th century.
Existentialism in the 20th century reflects the loss of certainties in the post-modern world.
Theologians have had to face the horrific absurdities of the 20th century and religious (or theistic) existentialism shows how the individual can, with faith be authentic in an uncertain world.
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 Free Essay Existentialism Thought in Modern Philosophy
Existentialism is a philosophy that expresses people to know who they are as individuals and to decide for him/herself what is right and wrong.
The definition of existentialism is philosophical doctrine emphasizing that individuals must create their own meaning and purpose in life.
They taught the students that there is no God and that we came from evolution, in addition to teaching the concept that we are all an insignificant part of the galaxy; the meaning of life is determined by what individuals make it out to be (320).
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