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Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion

Man Is Not Alone A Philosophy of Religion Man Is Not Alone is a profound beautifully written examination of the ingredients of piety how man senses God s presence explores it accepts it and builds life upon it Abraham Joshua Heschel s phi

  • Title: Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion
  • Author: Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • ISBN: 9780374513283
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • Man Is Not Alone is a profound, beautifully written examination of the ingredients of piety how man senses God s presence, explores it, accepts it, and builds life upon it Abraham Joshua Heschel s philosophy of religion is not a philosophy of doctrine or the interpretation of a dogma He erects his carefully built structure of thought upon foundations which are universalMan Is Not Alone is a profound, beautifully written examination of the ingredients of piety how man senses God s presence, explores it, accepts it, and builds life upon it Abraham Joshua Heschel s philosophy of religion is not a philosophy of doctrine or the interpretation of a dogma He erects his carefully built structure of thought upon foundations which are universally valid but almost generally ignored It was Man Is Not Alone which led Reinhold Niebuhr accurately to predict that Heschel would become a commanding and authoritative voice not only in the Jewish community but in the religious life of America With its companion volume, God in Search of Man, it is revered as a classic of modern theology.

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    About "Abraham Joshua Heschel"

    1. Abraham Joshua Heschel

      Heschel was a descendant of preeminent rabbinic families of Europe, both on his father s Moshe Mordechai Heschel, who died of influenza in 1916 and mother s Reizel Perlow Heschel side, and a descendant of Rebbe Avrohom Yehoshua Heshl of Apt and other dynasties He was the youngest of six children including his siblings Sarah, Dvora Miriam, Esther Sima, Gittel, and Jacob In his teens he received a traditional yeshiva education, and obtained traditional semicha, rabbinical ordination He then studied at the University of Berlin, where he obtained his doctorate, and at the Hochschule f r die Wissenschaft des Judentums, where he earned a second liberal rabbinic ordination.

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    1. It s been over half a year now since I last reviewed anything here on There are a number of things that have kept me away moving across the country, working on a novel, having a baby, etc but mainly if I m honest the thing that s kept me silent has been the prospect of critiquing this book For one thing, I m about as qualified to comment seriously on a treatise on Jewish theology as I am to, let s say, fact check a textbook about string theory For another, it s the thought of Dr Heschel himself [...]


    2. This is not the sort of book one reads and then shoves back on the shelf to collect dust It is, instead, one of those rare works which will constantly call the reader back, if only to glance over a page or two Heschel s book is subtitled A Philosophy of Religion but it might have as accurately been subtitled A Poetics of Religion Heschel is very much the philosopher poet.Heschel is the sort of theologian the modern world needs He is a deeply religious man who has no illusions about the difficult [...]


    3. Oh my goodness Heschel takes reason and the ineffable, God and man, faith and reality and life and writes about them in a way we all recognize and yet that opens my mind anew I read some paragraphs two or three times, feeling them sink in deeper each time The search of reason ends at the shore of the known on the immense expanse beyond it only the sense of the ineffable can glide It alone knows the route to that which is remote from experience and understanding Neither of them is amphibious reas [...]


    4. Amazing book, stirred me to my soul I feel quite under qualified to give anything than a personal impression, and even for that I think I should read the book again, and in depth Walking upon a rock that is constantly crumbling away behind every step, man cannot restrain his bitter yearning to know whether life is nothing but a series of momentary physiological and mental processes, actions, and forms of behavior, a flow of vicissitudes, desires and sensations, running like grains through an h [...]


    5. Abraham Heshel in this novel brings to light the intricate values of faith, specifically for Judaism I have learned much from reading this book in regards to my own spiritual journey and in regards to my relationships with others I checked out this book from the library, but will definitely have to buy a copy for myself, for there were many quotes, ideas and Scriptures mentioned throughout the book that I would like to always have immediate access to If there is anyone out there trying to answer [...]


    6. The majority of this book is note taking fodder for the soul The parts that I took exception to were few and not worth discounting the brilliance of this work Such as this, p.245, There is an eternal cry in the world God is beseeching man Some are startled others remain deaf We are all looked for An air of expectancy hovers over life Something is asked of man, of all men Good stuff





    7. I am completely floored after reading this book Heschel, a Jewish theologian, communicates in a way that very few, if any, Christian theologians today understand God though some have clearly been inspired by this man I think the big thing that I m taking away from this book is the connections that exist here between Judaism and Christianity To ignore our Jewish roots as Christians is to commit a great error in our thinking we are so independent For example, when Heschel speaks of the Shechinah f [...]


    8. About 3.9 stars I d say justis five star system does not work for me I d love a ten star system In the realm of philosophy and theology, Heschel s writing isn t as riveting or entertaining as, say, Lewis or Chesterton s, but it is strong and purposeful I really appreciate his books This was a very slow read for me, but a good one and I do recommend it It has some loose very loose parallels to Mere Christianity Mere Judaism in that it goes from why anyone would believe in the supernatural in the [...]


    9. Somewhat easier reading than its big brother, God in Search of Man I still needed a dictionary open while reading it.I was surprised how Rabbi Heschel can stay clear of specific religious issues and just deal with our common humanity, and God s role in it, as well as our role in God s plan and creation.Heschel s writings seem to appeal to Christians as well as Jews, and this book is likely to appeal to anyone who is interested in spirituality.


    10. I liked this book for its simplicity and its truth It does keep saying the same thing over and over again, but that s only because anything is everything else in disguise The unique things it says informed me fully as to the particular strengths of Judiasm I am looking forward to reading the companion book God in Search of Man.


    11. Heschel puts together a full and complex portrait of religion and the Jewish religion Not an easy read at all, but it surely elucidates many questions about religion and puts some clarity for those who want to understand better those who believe in religion Central ideas like monotheism, ethics, the ineffable, morality, are all present here in their universal and Jewish versions Liked the book Some parts could be used to elucidate and inspire most people, some parts are not for everyone.


    12. I feel like I read the end of this book after too long a gap from the rest of it but every page was still Heschel through and through piercingly confident descriptions that challenge you on every page to either agree with his often inspiring perspective or to carefully examine the source of the disagreement.


    13. A wonderfully written book that could easily win readers of any religious confession as well as atheists Contains a tiny bit about Judaism the rest of it is just about faith, God, and man Very deeply enlightening and inspiring.




    14. I didn t finish this book but I definitely want to return to it The ideas in the book are worth pondering over a lifetime.



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