Martin Buber: Prophet of Religious Secularism

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Fordham Univ Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 298 pages
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Donald Moore, in this study of Buber's life and work, presents not a critical analysis or an historical development of Buber's thought; rather, he focuses in on Buber's central message about what it means to be a human being, a person of faith, a community of faith, and about what mankind can do to overcome the eclipse of God. Moore enters into a dialogue with Buber and explores Buber's belief that religion and community are as essentially interrelated as the Thou spoken to God and the Thou spoken to other human beings.
 

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Contents

Biblical Thought
3
Hasidic Writings
27
3 Addresses on Judaism
58
THE PERSONALISM OF BUBER The Second Source of His Criticism of Religion
93
The Human Dialogue
95
The Dialogue Between God and Humanity
132
THE CRITIQUE OF RELIGION
165
The Dangers of Religion
167
The Need for Religion
199
Some Personal Reflections
244
Bibliography
281
Index
287
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Page xxii - ... is lived in its possibility of dialogue. Here is space also for religion's highest forms. As when you pray you do not thereby remove yourself from this life of yours but in your praying refer your thought to it, even though it may be in order to yield it; so too in the unprecedented and surprising, when you are called upon from above, required, chosen, empowered, sent, you with this your mortal bit of life are referred to, this moment is not extracted from it, it rests on what has been and beckons...

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Donald J. Moore, S.J., is a founding member of the Rainbow Group, an organization of theologians in the New York area who are engaged in Jewish-Christian dialogue.

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