God in Search of Man

Religion is more than a creed or an ideology and cannot be understood when detached from acts and events. It comes to light in moments when one’s soul is shaken with unmitigated concern about the meaning of all meaning, about one’s ultimate commitment which is integrated with one’s very existence; in moments when all foregone conclusions, all life-stifling trivialities are suspended.

Thus the issue which must be discussed first is not belief, ritual, or the religious experience, but the source of all these phenomena: the total situation of man; not how he experiences the supernatural, but why he experiences and accepts it.

God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism, Abraham Joseph Heschel

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel has been described as one of the foremost American religious leaders of the 20th century. His writings and his commitment to social action, through his support of Martin Luther King for example, have inspired Jews and Christians alike. What Heschel wanted to do through his writing was re-awaken people to the spiritual dimension of life – their experience of the transcendent. He believed that we experience the transcendent in three ways but perhaps do not recognise these experiences for what they are.

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About Mona

I am a wife and mother, a once-Catholic now UCC Christian, with a degree in Theology, a Masters in Religious Education, 27 years of theology teaching experience -- mainly High School, some College. I am now working as a Hospital Chaplain and feeling humbled and privileged every day. I love my family and I love to write; writing helps keep me sane. Published writing: • From Hurt To Healing, Publish America 2004, ebook on Amazon, 2011; •"Forgive and Forget," America Magazine, September 16, 2002; •"From Victim to Victimizer," Human Development Magazine, Summer 2005; • It's Just Not Fair, Introducing The Fairly-Good Mother, ebook at Amazon, 2011; • Traces of Hope: Surviving Grief and Loss, March 2015, St. Johann Press http://www.amazon.com/Traces-Hope-Surviving-Grief-Loss/dp/1937943275
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