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Dialogues between Faith and ReasonThe Death and Return of God in Modern German Thought$
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John H. Smith

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449277

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449277.001.0001

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“Atheistic” and Dialogical Jewish Theologies of the Other (Rosenzweig and Buber)

“Atheistic” and Dialogical Jewish Theologies of the Other (Rosenzweig and Buber)

(p.236) Chapter 9 “Atheistic” and Dialogical Jewish Theologies of the Other (Rosenzweig and Buber)
Dialogues between Faith and Reason

John H. Smith

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the German-Christian-Jewish dialogue between philosophy and religion by looking at the work of Franz Rosenzweig and Martin Buber, with particular emphasis on their dialogical theology. It first considers Rosenzweig's acknowledgement of his enterprise as a new theology after the impact of philosophy and a new philosophy after the impact of contemporary “theological interest.” It then discusses Rosenzweig's views on Protestantism, the logos, God, the act of revelation, and the relationship between both man and God and man and man as well as his notion of Korrelation (or Beziehungsdenken). It also explores Buber's version of Zionism, his views on atheism, and his definition of faith. It suggests that Rosenzweig and Buber's version of logos is dia-logos, rather than ratio, verbum or Geist.

Keywords:   philosophy, religion, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, logos, God, revelation, Korrelation, atheism, dialogical theology

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