Abraham Heschel and the Phenomenon of Piety by Joseph Harp Britton

By Joseph Harp Britton

Piety is frequently looked with a pejorative bias: a "pious" individual is believed to be overly spiritual, supercilious even. but traditionally the concept that of piety has performed a major function in Christian theology and perform. For Abraham Heschel, piety describes the contours of a lifestyles suitable with God's presence. whereas a lot has been made from Heschel's thought of pathos, really little realization has been given to the pivotal function of piety in his suggestion, with the outcome that the bigger methodological implications of his paintings for either Jewish and Christian theology were ignored.

Grounding Heschel's paintings in Husserl, Dilthey, Schiller and Heidegger, the publication explores his phenomenological approach to "penetrating the awareness of the pious individual to be able to understand the divine fact in the back of it." The publication is going directly to ponder the importance of Heschel's technique in view of the theocentric ethics of Gustafson and Hauerwas and the post-modern context mirrored within the works of Levinas, Vattimo, Marion and the novel Orthodoxy movement.

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