Heart of Wisdom, A

Heart of Wisdom, A

by Maurice Friedman
     
 

Drawing on almost half a century of immersion in the world's great religions, coupled with an ever-deepening understanding of the philosophy and phenomenology of religion, the author takes a dialogical approach through which religious reality is not seen as external creed and form or as subjective inspiration, but as the meeting in openness, presentness, immediacy,… See more details below

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Drawing on almost half a century of immersion in the world's great religions, coupled with an ever-deepening understanding of the philosophy and phenomenology of religion, the author takes a dialogical approach through which religious reality is not seen as external creed and form or as subjective inspiration, but as the meeting in openness, presentness, immediacy, and mutuality with ultimate reality. Religion has to do with the wholeness of human life. The absolute is found, not just in the universal, but in the particular and the unique. When it promotes a dualism in which the spirit has no binding claim upon life and life falls apart into unhallowed fragments, religion becomes the great enemy of humankind.

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Wisdom is a tradition of knowing that has fallen out of favor in recent decades. Piaget, among others, has called for its return. Judaism has never lost touch with this tradition and Friedman is a good exemplar. The book is most readable and stimulating. It takes a strong position rooted in Judaism and integrates a breadth of exemplification from other religions and from literature.— Harold Coward

"This work is a wonderful presentation of fundamental issues facing all intelligently religious people. The author provides remarkable insight into the matter of religious commitment in a religiously plural age. Written with wit and clarity, this work provides its reader with nourishing food for thought. At many points in my reading of the manuscript I wished I was able to discuss a particular matter with the author— that's the sort of work this is. Very thought provoking."— Jeffrey R. Timm, Wheaton College

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438403366
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/30/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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