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9781580234115

Maimonides, Spinoza and Us : Toward an Intellectually Vibrant Judaism

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    9781580234115

  • ISBN10:

    1580234119

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Pub
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Summary

Moses Maimonides (1138¿1204) is Jewish history¿s greatest exponent of a rational, philosophically sound Judaism. He strove to reconcile the teachings of the Bible and rabbinic tradition with the principles of Aristotelian philosophy, arguing that religion and philosophy ultimately must arrive at the same truth. Baruch Spinoza (1632¿1677) is Jewish history¿s most illustrious ¿heretic.¿ He believed that truth could be attained through reason alone, and that philosophy and religion were separate domains that could not be reconciled. His critique of the Bible and its teachings caused an intellectual and spiritual upheaval whose effects are still felt today. In this book, Rabbi Marc D. Angel discusses major themes in the writings of Maimonides and Spinoza as a means of exploring how modern people can deal with religion in an intellectually honest and meaningful way. From Maimonides, we gain insight on how to harmonize traditional religious belief with the dictates of reason. From Spinoza, we gain insight into the intellectual challenges which must be met by modern believers.

Author Biography

Rabbi Marc D. Angel discusses major themes in the writings of Maimonides and Spinoza to show us how modern people can deal with religion in an intellectually honest and meaningful way. From Maimonides, we gain insight on how to harmonize traditional religious belief with the dictates of reason. From Spinoza, we gain insight into the intellectual challenges which must be met by modern believers.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. XI
Faith in Reason, Reason in Faithp. 1
The Nature of God, the God of Naturep. 23
Torah from Heavenp. 41
Divine Providencep. 53
The Oral Torah and Rabbinic Traditionp. 71
Religion and Superstitionp. 95
Israel and Humanityp. 113
Conversion to Judaismp. 131
Eternal Torah, Changing Timesp. 149
Faith and Reasonp. 177
Notesp. 185
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 195
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