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The Lonely Man of Faith is the finest and simplest representation of his thought--on the meaning of the life of faith amid the many struggles of the modern world.
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Overview

The Lonely Man of Faith is the finest and simplest representation of his thought--on the meaning of the life of faith amid the many struggles of the modern world.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fusing the existential acuity of Kierkegaard with the wisdom of the Old Testament, Boston Orthodox rabbi Soloveitchik has produced a timeless spiritual guide for men and women of all religions. In this soaring, eloquent essay, first published in Tradition magazine in 1965, ``The Rav,'' as he is known to his followers worldwide, investigates the essential aloneness of the person of faith, whom he deems a misfit in our narcissistic, technologically oriented, utilitarian society. Using the story of Adam and Eve as a springboard, Soloveitchik explains prayer as ``the harbinger of moral reformation'' and probes the despair and exasperation of individuals who seek to redeem existence through direct knowledge of a God who seems remote and unapproachable. Although the faithful may become members of a ``convenantal community,'' their true home, he writes, is ``the abode of loneliness'' as they shuttle between the transcendent and the mundane. Sudden shafts of illumination confront the reader at every turn in this inspirational personal testament. (Apr.)
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Boston-based Orthodox Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, perhaps the greatest living authority on Halakhah (Jewish law), offers some profound spiritual insights for persons of all creeds. Combining Kierkegaardian and Kantian philosophical insights with a unique exegesis of the Genesis creation stories, Soloveitchik provides guidance as to how the existential person of faith, essentially alone in a society beset by narcissism, self-seeking ends, and an empty modern technology, can find personal redemption in the living God of Biblical faith. This essay, originally published in the Orthodox Jewish journal Tradition in 1965, is an excellent introduction to the thought of this great thinker. Recommended for large religion collections.-- Robert A. Silver, Shaker Heights P.L., Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385422628
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/16/1992
  • Pages: 128

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