THE FAITH OF A HERETIC by Walter Kaufman

THE FAITH OF A HERETIC

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The philosopher's task is to probe and explore a question through to its bitter end with whatever knowledge and analytical powers are at his disposal. Walter Kaufman has spent a lifetime since his conversion to Judaism at 11 to the evolution of his own brand of ""heresy"", microscopically examining the substance of all religions, only to reject orthodox belief in its entirety and to replace it with a philosophy that should be of vital interest to anyone who has dared travel down similar paths. His opposition to theology (as differentiated from religion) is based on a thorough analysis of the Old and New Testaments, on the functions of organized religion, and on an intriguing interpretation of the legacies of Jesus, Luther and Schweitzer. As a ""heretic"", he refuses to label ""irrelevant"" those facts which happen to be ""inconvenient"" to fashionable belief or to view morality only within the context of organized religion. In his treatise on Morality, he proposes a list of four ""cardinal virtues"" expounding the ""tragic virtues"" in relation to Freud's legacy. From the philosophers Kant, Kierkegaard, Tillich, Heideger), from the great literary figures, (Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Camus), from the psychological masters (Freud, Fromm) from the original writings of the Greeks, the Pharisees, the Prophets, Jesus, the Disciples a man of profound scholarship has attempted to integrate the truth of man into a working philosophy. Inherently controversial, one man's ""quest for honesty"" probes the blind spots of another's unquestioning Faith.

Publisher: Doubleday