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Putting God Second
Author: Donniel Hartman

ISBN: 9780807053928
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1 May 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 2.3
Description:
Why have the monotheistic religions failed to produce societies that live up to their ethical ideals? A prominent rabbi answers this question by looking at his own faith and offering a way for religion to heal itself. In Putting God Second, Rabbi Donniel Hartman tackles one of modern life s most urgent and vexing questions: Why are the great monotheistic faiths Judaism, Christianity, and Islam chronically unable to fulfill their own self-professed goal of creating individuals infused with moral sensitivity and societies governed by the highest ethical standards? To answer this question, Hartman takes a sober look at the moral peaks and valleys of his own tradition, Judaism, and diagnoses it with clarity, creativity, and erudition. He rejects both the sweeping denouncements of those who view religion as an inherent impediment to moral progress and the apologetics of fundamentalists who proclaim religion s moral perfection against all evidence to the contrary. Hartman identifies the primary source of religion s moral failure in what he terms its autoimmune disease, or the way religions so often undermine their own deepest values. While God ob...

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