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Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition (The Franz Rosenzweig Lecture Series)
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What draws me most to Green is his ability to be both radically traditional and radically creative as he approaches the modern world. He characterizes himself as a seeker and directs himself to seekers of all persuasions. That having been said, one can in no way doubt his own personal commitment to being a part of the Jewish people. This book is profound and challenging, and yet written in a language that anyone with a basic undergraduate education should be able to understand. I highly recommend it to all libraries frequented by religious seekers. Kudos to author and publisher for producing a book that is in every sense worthy of its topic and audience.
Daniel J. Rettberg
Jewish theology has gone through many a metamorphosis over roughly two thousand years since the closing of the biblical canon. It is precisely thanks to this flexibility of the Jewish theological tradition that Judaism has been able to survive many extremely critical periods in its lifespan. In responding to the many dangers Jews have had to face during the three millenia of their existence perhaps none has been as threatening as the one brought about by relatively recent scientific advances such as Darwin's theory of evolution, the insights of modern astro-physics and the Shoah, (the catastrophe also known as the Holocaust). These three have placed a huge question mark over the traditionally accepted existence of the biblical theistic God. While in the end it is true that the existence or non-existence of God cannot be proved, it can be said that, by and large, science and the non-responsiveness/absence of a God-from-beyond have put an end to the plausibility of the existence of the biblical God.
In view of most Jewish theologians' apparent fear that the survival of Judaism without the biblical God is an impossibility, they have, and this has been done a number of times before, set out once again to reinterpret the Bible God in order to enable his continued existence..
Arthur Green's book, in my opinion, is yet another such desperate attempt at rescuing the biblical God from oblivion. Although to me, as a Jewish theologian and Bible scholar, it is perfectly clear that Judaism is well able to survive and to continue making a valuable contribution to world society without the biblical God, it seems that this is not the case for Green.Read more ›
This is a great deal of ground to cover in 166 pages. But Green is deeply committed to his view of Judaism, and the path it should take in the future. I view this work, and some of his other writings, as a prologue and challenge to create a `new' and more vibrant Judaism. He wants to shift the focus of Judaism away from theism and dualism and toward panentheism and monism. He can't do this alone. He invites readers to do their own work and investigations along this unique path.
Judaism--with Art Green's unique way of rendering issues and debates
as urgent calls to action--to bring us closer to solving many of the
problems that bother religious and other thoughtful people: how to
reclaim religious passion from its misdirection into divisiveness and
atrophy, how to make our colleagues wake up and take action on the
disasters facing humanity and the rest of the world today, how to
respect our heritage while fully accepting modern knowledge.
If enjoyed the book a lot and know that it represents a summary of
Green's life work so far, but I don't know his other books enough to
say how many steps forward this one takes. Readers should also be
aware that Green is in an exploratory stage of this fusion of ideas.
The book is not a doctrine and perhaps not even a signpost pointing us
in a clear direction; it is an invitation to join him in creating new
forms for the practice of religion and social action based on these
Green's Judaism is radical, yes, but true to its meaning as understood
by most Jews today. For instance, although he explicitly brings its
core message close to the "we are all One with the universe" message
of well-known Eastern religions, he also insists on celebrating the
diversity of life and the unique perspectives each person brings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a great attempt at crafting a theology for the 21st century. Deserves to be read by Jews and non Jews alike.Published 5 months ago by andres spokoiny
This book articulated for me the understanding of the Holy that has been growing inside without words. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Audrey Seidman
What an amazing book. Or should I say "What an amazing author." Dr. Green has put a set of Jewish clothes on the worldview of Baruch Spinoza to present a totally satisfying... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm a Hillel Director and will be using this as a text to study with my students. Green helps us frame a series of meaningful and relevant questions about theology in this day and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by MICHAEL
For those like me who have trouble reconciling evolutionary science with the biblical creation story, and for those of us who see a contradiction between the deliverance of the... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Richard Klein
For those thoughtful students of God, life, and meaning. Definitely an interfaith read, not written exclusively for Jews. Read morePublished on October 24, 2013 by judith strasser