Faith and Humanity: Paul Tillich and Martin Buber

Discusses the views of theologians Paul Tillich and Martin Buber on relationships with God.

In this essay, the views of Tillich and Buber are discussed as a way to understand the idea of a personal relationship with God. Tillich assumes an existential perspective, such that God is an essential part of Being and so an aspect of a relationship with our own human essence. Buber advocates a social relationship as a moral faith in others, so that an I-Thou relationship is a manifestation of a relationship with God. Neither theologian argue for omnipotent authority in faith, but instead propose that humanity is best actualized through moral faith in ourselves, and in others.