A NEW JEWISH THEOLOGY IN THE MAKING by Eugene B. Borowitz

A NEW JEWISH THEOLOGY IN THE MAKING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A great constructive change has swept over American Jewry in recent years, according to the author. After the disaster that fell upon European Jewry, the question whether there could ever again be 'normal' existence for the Jews arose. Two developments pointed to a positive answer: (1) the founding of a Jewish State: and (2) the maturation of the American Jewish community. Accepting their Jewish heriage, rather than seeking to escape from it, they could ask, ""what does it mean to live a modern Jewish life?"" In developing this theme, the author discusses the rejection of the ""secularized"" synagogue, as well as the rejection of Christian neo-orthodoxy as a basis for answering fundamental questions. Such thinkers as Leo Black, Kaplan, Teilhard de Chardin and Martin Buber are examined in detail. Is it possible to write a Jewish theology today? is his concluding question. The book itself does not entirely answer it, either in its point of view or as a demonstration of possibilities. At times, the author seems more preoccupied with questions about Jewish culture than about a theology. The book will be illuminating, however, both to members of the Jewish community and to readers of other religious faiths.

Pub Date: Oct. 14th, 1968
Publisher: Westminster