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The American Goethe Society of Washington, DC is a literary and cultural organization founded to promote and encourage the study and enjoyment of German culture, including literature, language, art, music, and philosophy.

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 Wednesday, April 16th, 6:45 – 8:45 PM

A G S    P H I L O S O P H Y   L E C T U R E  
“Paul Tillich – The Idea of Faith”
 (in English)
812 7th St NW, Washington DC
By Dr. Martin J. DeNys 
Professor of Philosophy, George Mason University.

Bust of Paul Johannes Tillich by James Rosati 
in New Harmony, Indiana, U.S.A.

This lecture will discuss Tillich’s life and some of the key ideas in his philosophical and theological thought. Dr DeNys will  focus on Tillich's idea of faith, as an existential concern grounding human life. In relation to this idea Dr. DeNys will also consider Tillich’s understanding of the symbolic nature of religious language and show how it led him him to propose a reading of the Bible that emphasizes a poetic rather than literal interpretation. Most of all, Paul Tillich explored the necessity of courage to finding meaning posed by some of the decisive events of modern history.
Martin J. DeNys received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Loyola University, Chicago and is a Professor of Philosophy at George Mason University.

Followed by social hour with refreshments.
Free of charge but registration is required. Guests are welcome. 

RSVP: Brigitte Fessenden at or 443.542.2263

AGS gratefully acknowledges the support of the Goethe-Institut in making this lecture possible. Go to for a complete list of their programs.
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