American Judaism in Transition: The Secularization of a Religious Community

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University Press of America, 1995 - Religion - 411 pages
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The American Jewish community is in transition. This book describes in detail how American Jews changed from living in a religion-oriented community to living a secular life. Falk discusses how Jewish Americans were greatly influenced by the secularization of Western civilization in general and by the Christian community in Europe and America specifically. The secularization of American Jewish institutions is analyzed by discussing changes in the Jewish religion, Jewish education and Jewish organizations during this century. Special consideration is given to the issue of Jewish survival in America with specific emphasis on the Jewish-Christian intermarriage rate. Contents: Part One: The Present Condition of Judaism in America; The American Jewish at the End of the 20th Century; Part Two: The Development of Secularization in the Western World; The Influence of Jewish Philosophers on the Secularization of Judaism; The Influence of Christians and Other Philosophers on the Secularization of the Western World; The Secularization of the U.S. before 1900; The Influence of Scientific Thinking on the Secularization Process; The Influence of Some European and American Writers on the Secularization Process; The Secularization of the United States in the 20th Century; Part Three: American Jewish Institutions at the End of the Century; The Secularization of the Jewish Religion in America; The Secularization of the American Jewish Family; The Secularization of American Jewish Education; Organized American Jewishness at the End of the 20th Century; Part Four: Jewish Continuity in a Secular Society; The Secular Life in America; Jewish Survival in America.
 

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Contents

The American Jewish Community at the End of the Twentieth Century
1
The Development of Secularization In the Western World
25
The Influence of Jewish Philosophers on the Secularization of Judaism
27
The Influence of Christian and Other Philosophers on the Secularization of the Western World
57
The Secularization of the US before 1900
81
The Influence of Scientific Thinking on the Secularization Process
109
The Influence of Some European and American Writers on the Secularization Process
143
The Secularization of the United States in the 20th Century
177
The Secularization of the American Jewish Family
237
The Secularization of American Jewish Education
263
Organized American Jewishness at the End of the 20th Century
291
Jewish Continuity In a Secular Society
323
The Secular Life in America
325
Jewish Survival in America
353
Bibliography
381
INDEX
403

American Jewish Institutions at the End of the Century
209
The Secularization of the Jewish Religion in America
211
About the Author
413
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Gerhard Falk is Professor of Sociology at Buffalo State College.

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