No Religion Is an Island: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Interreligious Dialogue

No Religion Is an Island: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Interreligious Dialogue


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Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel remains one of the most important figures in American Jewish-Christian relations nearly twenty years after his death. He had a penetrating mind that was never arrogant and a moral passion that never moralized. Together, the thirteen essays of this book testify to his enduring legacy.

Beginning with Rabbi Heschel's own "No Religion Is An Island," these writings—by men and women who knew him, studied under him, and struggled with him, people from South Asian, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian traditions—reveal the humble yet soaring spirit of a person who know God transcended the barriers of nation, culture, religion, and historical enmity.

As these essays demonstrate, Heschel was spiritual guide to people of many faiths. He won the admiration of men and women in many lands and traditions. Firmly rooted in his own Jewishness, he evoked the genius of other traditions, inspiring believers of all kinds to labor toward a more humane world.

Contributors include: the editors, Heschel's daughter Susannah, Jacob Y. Teshima, Daniel Berrigan, John C. Merkle, Eugene J. Fisher, John C. Bennett, Fredrick C. Holmgren, Riffat Hassan, Arvind Sharma, Antony Fernando, and Kenneth B. Smith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606083413
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/27/2009
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 795,808
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Harold Kasimow is Professor of Religious Studies at Grinell College.

Byron L. Sherwin is Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism at Spertus College of Judaica.

Table of Contents

Foreword Johannes Cardinal Willebrands xi

Foreword Jerzy Kosinski xiii

Preface Harold Kasimow xvii

Preface Byron L. Sherwin xxi

Abbreviations xxv

Part 1 Remembering the Man Abraham Joshua Heschel

1 No Religion Is An Island Abraham Joshua Heschel 3

2 My Father H. Susannah Heschel 23

3 My Master Byron L. Sherwin 42

4 My Teacher Jacob Y. Teshima 63

5 My Friend Daniel Berrigan 68

Part 2 Assessing the Message of Abraham Joshua Heschel

6 Heschel's Prophetic Vision of Religious Pluralism Harold Kasimow 79

7 Heschel's Attitude toward Religious Pluralism John C. Merkle 97

8 Heschel's Impact on Catholic-Jewish Relations Eugene J. Fisher 110

9 Heschel's Significance for Protestants John C. Bennett 124

10 Christian Pietism and Abraham Heschel Fredrick C. Holmgren 135

11 A Muslim's "Dialogue" with Abraham Joshua Heschel Riffat Hassan 151

12 Hindu-Jewish Dialogue and the Thought of Abraham Heschel: At Grassroots and Mountaintop Arvind Sharma 163

13 An Asian Perspective: The Novelty of Heschel's Views on Interreligious Dialogue Antony Fernando 175

14 Heschel's Passion for Justice Kenneth B. Smith 185

Part 3 Bibliography of Books by and about Abraham Joshua Heschel

Bibliography 193

Contributors 203

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