Live Before You Die

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COURSE OVERVIEW
Hosted by Dr. Tripp Fuller and Dan Koch, this transformative course delves deep into the nexus of existential thought as viewed through the dual lenses of psychology and theology. Guided by the profound insights of psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom and the philosophical theologian Paul Tillich, participants will embark on an introspective journey to confront and understand the fundamental truths of human existence.

In the tapestry of existential thought, both Irvin D. Yalom and Paul Tillich paint a vivid picture of the human condition, uniquely grounded in their respective disciplines of psychology and theology. Together, their insights reveal a profound understanding of the challenges of our age and offer transformative responses to them.

The Existential Challenge: Yalom presents us with the four fundamental “givens” of existence: death, freedom, isolation, and meaninglessness. These inescapable truths shape our psyche, often evoking anxiety and inner turmoil. We grapple with the knowledge of our mortality, the weight of our choices, the inevitable solitude of our inner world, and the challenge of finding genuine meaning in a transient life. Paul Tillich, on the other hand, observes our existential anxieties through a theological lens. He perceives our era as one marked by doubt, spiritual emptiness, and a struggle for authenticity. For Tillich, God isn’t a distant entity but the very “Ground of Being.” Facing the abyss of existential dread, he calls us to muster “The Courage to Be” – a courage that transcends doubt and affirms life in its entirety.

The Existential Invitation: Despite Tillich and Yalom’s different disciplines and dispositions toward the divine, they share a number of provocative pathways of response we will explore including the call to Embrace Your Mortality, Champion Your Freedom, Connect Despite Isolation, and Seek Meaning Amidst the Void.

In setting Yalom and Tillich in conversation,, we are invited to confront our existential anxieties head-on, not with despair, but with a courage infused with understanding, compassion, and spiritual depth. The challenges of our age are real, but so too are the possibilities for transformation, connection, and genuine living. Embrace the journey.

– Four livestream sessions carefully unpacking Yalom and Tillich’s groundbreaking contributions to existentialism and the way Dan and Tripp synthesize their work in our present context.

SUGGESTED RESOURCES
The Courage to Be by Paul Tillich

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Dr. Tripp Fuller is the founder and host of the #1 theology podcast, Homebrewed Christianity. As an author, speaker, podcaster, and professional theologian he is committed to bringing the best resources from the academy to the church so we can brew a more robust faith today.

Dan Koch hosts the You Have Permission podcast and has seven years of podcasting experience, including previous shows Depolarize! (politics/psychology) and Reconstruct (theology). He holds a Master’s of Counseling Psychology and has completely doctoral coursework at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. His research focuses on spiritual abuse, and his “Development of the Spiritual Harm and Abuse Scale” was published in 2022 by the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. In his clinical therapy practice, Dan specializes in working with religious issues, including religious trauma, and utilizes a cognitive-existential modality. He is skilled in making academic research accessible to a broad audience, keeping things interesting while responsibly maintaining the right amount of nuance.

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Live Before You Die

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COURSE OVERVIEW
Hosted by Dr. Tripp Fuller and Dan Koch, this transformative course delves deep into the nexus of existential thought as viewed through the dual lenses of psychology and theology. Guided by the profound insights of psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom and the philosophical theologian Paul Tillich, participants will embark on an introspective journey to confront and understand the fundamental truths of human existence.

In the tapestry of existential thought, both Irvin D. Yalom and Paul Tillich paint a vivid picture of the human condition, uniquely grounded in their respective disciplines of psychology and theology. Together, their insights reveal a profound understanding of the challenges of our age and offer transformative responses to them.

The Existential Challenge: Yalom presents us with the four fundamental “givens” of existence: death, freedom, isolation, and meaninglessness. These inescapable truths shape our psyche, often evoking anxiety and inner turmoil. We grapple with the knowledge of our mortality, the weight of our choices, the inevitable solitude of our inner world, and the challenge of finding genuine meaning in a transient life. Paul Tillich, on the other hand, observes our existential anxieties through a theological lens. He perceives our era as one marked by doubt, spiritual emptiness, and a struggle for authenticity. For Tillich, God isn’t a distant entity but the very “Ground of Being.” Facing the abyss of existential dread, he calls us to muster “The Courage to Be” – a courage that transcends doubt and affirms life in its entirety.

The Existential Invitation: Despite Tillich and Yalom’s different disciplines and dispositions toward the divine, they share a number of provocative pathways of response we will explore including the call to Embrace Your Mortality, Champion Your Freedom, Connect Despite Isolation, and Seek Meaning Amidst the Void.

In setting Yalom and Tillich in conversation,, we are invited to confront our existential anxieties head-on, not with despair, but with a courage infused with understanding, compassion, and spiritual depth. The challenges of our age are real, but so too are the possibilities for transformation, connection, and genuine living. Embrace the journey.

– Four livestream sessions carefully unpacking Yalom and Tillich’s groundbreaking contributions to existentialism and the way Dan and Tripp synthesize their work in our present context.

SUGGESTED RESOURCES
The Courage to Be by Paul Tillich

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Dr. Tripp Fuller is the founder and host of the #1 theology podcast, Homebrewed Christianity. As an author, speaker, podcaster, and professional theologian he is committed to bringing the best resources from the academy to the church so we can brew a more robust faith today.

Dan Koch hosts the You Have Permission podcast and has seven years of podcasting experience, including previous shows Depolarize! (politics/psychology) and Reconstruct (theology). He holds a Master’s of Counseling Psychology and has completely doctoral coursework at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. His research focuses on spiritual abuse, and his “Development of the Spiritual Harm and Abuse Scale” was published in 2022 by the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. In his clinical therapy practice, Dan specializes in working with religious issues, including religious trauma, and utilizes a cognitive-existential modality. He is skilled in making academic research accessible to a broad audience, keeping things interesting while responsibly maintaining the right amount of nuance.