By Maurice S. Friedman

ISBN-10: 0791412156

ISBN-13: 9780791412152

Drawing on virtually part a century of immersion within the world's nice religions, Friedman takes a dialogical method during which non secular truth isn't really visible as exterior creed and shape or as subjective concept, yet because the assembly in openness, presentness, immediacy, and mutuality with final truth. faith has to do with the wholeness of human lifestyles.

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Lao-tzu, nonetheless, has the deeper insight into that willing of the whole being which, in its openness and response, means spontaneity as opposed to that willfulness which tries to impose itself upon others. Taoism is for me a profound and enduring touchstone of reality. My first significant encounter with Jesus was through my Christian pacifist friends, my second through Christian mysticism, my third through the study of the comparative records of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) in the discussion groups run by the "Sharman" method.

My first significant encounter with Jesus was through my Christian pacifist friends, my second through Christian mysticism, my third through the study of the comparative records of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) in the discussion groups run by the "Sharman" method. Finally, I returned to encounter Jesus again from the standpoint of biblical, normative, and Hasidic Judaism as I had come to understand them. I affirm the biblical covenant as a covenant of trust between God and a people, between God and every people, to be renewed in every age according to the cruel but real demands of that age.

Yet it is primarily through history that God speaks to the human being because history is none other than the concrete significance of this time, this place, this situation. In this time, place, and situation, in this concrete context, revelation comes not as some universal, which is always there for me to apprehend at each moment but does not itself move to meet me, but as the Eternal entering into time, as the human meeting the Eternal in a moment of time, in a moment of history, whether it is the personal history of the individual or the history of a group of people.

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