Martin Buber and the Eternal
An analysis of Martin Buber's philosophy of religion includes discussions of ethics, Hasidism, revelation, redemption and religious education.
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Erudite, sometimes abstruse summary of the religious philosophy of this century's foremost Jewish thinker. Friedman, who has written four other books on Buber, including a monumental three-volume biography, here attempts to outline the range and implications of Buber's thought "as I have plumbed and engaged it in the course of more than 35 years of work." Whatever the topic, Buber's approach to it is based on his now-famous phrase, "I and Thou." God can be known only by our relationship to Him; God is not an It, an abstract principle (as the Hellenists believed), but an "Absolute Person" who becomes a Thou in living relationship with his human creatures. Using this view as a kind of template. Friedman sifts through Buber's views on "ethics, the history of religion, interreligious dialogue, and religious education." He succeeds in making sense of some of Buber's more tortuous sentences (e.g., "The humanly right is ever the service of the single person who realizes the right uniqueness purposed for him in his creation"), only infrequently losing himself and the reader in dusty theological mazes. Buber emerges as a bold, wily thinker, able to deal with Nazism, religious plurality, and other modernisms without slipping off his firm traditional base. Not exactly bedtime reading, but a challenging introduction to Buber's thought for those with some background in theological hair-splitting. (Kirkus Reviews)