Existentialism, Hope, Courage & Meaning

What is Existentialism anyway? What is Hope, Courage, and Meaning?

Many of us around the world may be in a life crises in these desperate times. Maybe in a state of hopelessness. Some perhaps questioning the meaning of life and are living in a state of despair.

About the middle of the last century, the existentialist movement of Western philosophy was flourishing. Thinkers such as Heidegger, Jon Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and others took over from Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, courageously leading the dreadful charge into the realms of death, nothingness, and absurdity. In the absurd, man’s existence is wrought with tragedy, purposelessness, and hopelessness because man is alone in the universe and there is nothing else like him in it.

So where does this philosophy (or anti-philosophy) lead one to? – anxiety, despair, loneliness, dread, fear, and hopelessness.

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Man is alone and an alien in the Universe of unconsciousness. There is nobody there to respond to us. There is nobody home in the universe. God is not there when we search the depths of the universe. There is no one to hope in for our crises.

This is a very sad picture. The more modern man looked into his condition, the more hopeless the picture became. There was nothing in the universe to fulfill him. So he drowns in alienation.

But existentialism has more to say. There is always mankind to hope in. Right?

Or is Christian view of God the only way to have hope, courage, and meaning in this world? How does the central Christian message on hope counter this hopeless state of being scenario?

What does Christianity offer us that gives hope, courage, and meaning for our crises that existentialism or any other philosophical system can’t?

Join host Jeremy Livermore and explore the pros, cons, and conclusions of existential philosophy, paying specific attention to existential themes of hope, courage, and meaning. If time allows, we will also discuss and investigate a few pieces of existential literature on these themes such as “The Stranger”, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, “The Courage to Be”, “Being and Time”, and even “The Bridge of San Luis Rey.”
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jeremy@apologetics.com

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