Judaism After Modernity presents a collection of writings by America's leading liberal Jewish theologian, who relates his activity as a prominent thinker in modern Judaism. Eugene B. Borowitz provides insights into his spiritual life and development as a prelude to his discussion of personal faith. His papers illustrate and reflect upon the intellectual religious path that led to the development of his postmodern Jewish theology expressed in his systemic statement of 1991, Renewing the Covenant. His writings reveal how he arrived at his unique position and describe how making this statement instigated the further development of his position. Borowitz then discusses the typical Jewish interest in praxis, what one is to do, rather than in doxis, what one says about one's beliefs, incorporating such issues as aging and Zionism. Finally, he presents his relations with his teacher Abraham J. Heschel, and deals with various interfaith issues through his relations with Arnold J. Wolf (a Jewish peer), John Hick, Frans Josef van Beeck, and Masao Abe (three famous non-Jewish teachers).
Eugene B. Borowitz is Sigmund L. Falk Distinguished Professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a former president of the American Theological Society.
chapter 1 Introducing the Collection chapter 2 Fragments of a Spiritual Biography: My Inner Life chapter 3 My Father's Spirituality and Mine chapter 4 My Way Beyond Modernity chapter 5 My "Not a Festschrift:" Jewish Spiritual Journeys chapter 6 The Emergence of a Postmodern Judaism: Continuity and Creativity in the History of the Jewish Religion chapter 7 The First Commandment, A Postmodern Reading chapter 8 What Does the Halakhah Say About...? Joseph Karo's Preface to the Bet Yosef chapter 9 American Jewish Modernity Comes to Self-consciousness chapter 10 B'rit, Mitzvah and Halakha: In Search of a Common Vocabulary chapter 11 The Way to a Postmodern Jewish Theology chapter 12 Postmodernity and the Quintessential Modern Jewish Religious Movement chapter 13 Five Letters to Readers of Renewing the Covenant chapter 14 Textual Reasoning and Jewish Philosophy, The next phase of Jewish Postmodernity? chapter 15 What Does Judaism Say About...?: Covenant chapter 16 Zionism chapter 17 Apostasy chapter 18 Postmodern Jewish Ethics chapter 19 Human Rights chapter 20 Money chapter 21 Finding a Jewish View of a Just Economy chapter 22 Psychoanalysis Religious Pluralism (with Sherry Blumberg) chapter 23 Healing chapter 24 Aging (with Kerry Olitzky) chapter 25 Life After Death chapter 26 My Teacher, My Friend, My Dialogue Partners: Abraham J. Heschel chapter 27 Arnold Jacob Wolf at Seventy chapter 28 John Hick: Advocate of Adjective-less Religion chapter 29 Frans Jozef van Beeck, Advocate for Roman Catholicism chapter 30 Masao Abe's Challenge to Modern Jewish Theology chapter 31 About the Author