Jewish Theology in Our Time: A New Generation Explores the Foundations and Future of Jewish Belief
Elliot J. Cosgrove
Jewish Lights Publishing, 2010 - Religion - 202 pages
At every critical juncture in Jewish history, Jews have understood a dynamic theology to be essential for a vital Jewish community. This important collection sets the next stage of Jewish theological thought, bringing together a cross section of interesting new voices from all movements in Judaism to inspire and stimulate discussion now and in the years to come.
Provocative and wide-ranging, these invigorating and creative insights from a new generation's thought leaders provide a coherent and inspiring picture of Jewish belief in our time.
"Demonstrates that there is not only a future to the Jewish theological enterprise in America but an exciting, fully realized, and challenging future. Abraham Joshua Heschel and Mordecai Kaplan would be thrilled. This book belongs on the shelf of every serious student of Jewish thought."---Rabbi Neil Gillman, PhD, Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Emeritus Professor of Jewish Philosophy, The Jewish Theological Seminary; author, Doing Jewish Theology: God, Torah and Israel in Modern Judaism
"Intellectually and spiritually exhilarating. Indeed, it augurs well for the future of American Judaism."---Paul Mendes-Flohr, PhD, professor of Jewish thought, University of Chicago Divinity School; professor emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"The Jewish conversation about God has continued for thousands of years. The wonderful collection of new voices represented in [this book] enriches not only the conversation but also the reader who will discover how rich, varied, and meaningful that conversation can be."---Rabbi Laura Geller, senior rabbi, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills
"Anyone engaged in constructing a contemporary Jewish theology must proceed carefully so as not to try to shove the square pegs of modern thought and experience into the cylindrical holes of classical Jewish life and thinking. Nevertheless, an awareness of all these challenges should not discourage the project and progress of Jewish theology, but rather serve to mark the path along which the journey should proceed. It is not an easy or identifiable road. Flipping through the pages of this book, you will readily see that we live in an age when the boundaries of what constitutes Jewish theological thought are as wide as they are sometimes imperceptible."---From the Introduction
From the Garden of Eden onward, the God-idea has taken on a varied and ever-evolving number of expressions within Judaism. From Mount Sinai to the prophets of the exile, from Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed to Kabbalah, from Chasidism to mid-twentieth-century North America, theological inquiry, diverse in its content and idiom, has sustained the Jewish People.
The passionate voices of a new generation of Jewish thinkers continue that dialogue with God, examining the dynamics of what Jews can believe today.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This collection of essays focuses on the more liberal views within Judaism. The editor states in the introduction that invitations to contribute to the anthology were sent in equal measure to Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform rabbis, but that very few Orthodox responded. (Perhaps few Orthodox responded because for the deeply Orthodox, Jewish theology is for ANY time and for ALL time, and not for OUR time.) The essays have widely varying views of God and Judaism. On one side is the rabbi who says that although we must interpret halakah and it must be changed at times, we must change it with fear and trembling. On the other side is the rabbi who says he believes in God, but that doesn't mean he believes in the existence of God... he believes in God the way he believes in feminism or democracy. There is little mention of either fundamentalism or atheism. While these two viewpoints do battle across one river, the true theologian, the true seeker, regardless of whether they be Jewish, Christian, Muslim, or Buddhist, is sailing down a different river altogether. There were three or four essays that I found intensely thought provoking, and most were intriguing. There were a couple that were simply too academic for my taste, and likewise a couple that were more concerned with Kabbalah and mysticism than I. Regardless of your viewpoint, if this title catches your eye at all, you will find some essays that you find a true kinship with, and others that will provoke you somewhat.
Review: Jewish Theology in Our Time: A New Generation Explores the Foundations and Future of Jewish BeliefUser Review - Goodreads
A mixed bag - a collection of essays by different authors.