A heart of wisdom : religion and human wholeness by Maurice S. Friedman

By Maurice S. Friedman

Drawing on nearly part a century of immersion within the world's nice religions, Friedman takes a dialogical strategy in which spiritual fact isn't visible as exterior creed and shape or as subjective notion, yet because the assembly in openness, presentness, immediacy, and mutuality with final fact. faith has to do with the wholeness of human lifestyles

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Leviticus 19:17-18 A large general contrast that one could make with some justification between Hinduism and Buddhism and the so-calledWestern religions-Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam-is that the latter have a central concept of revelation whereas the former speak in terms of illumination or "enlightenment:' The reason for this difference is a profound one; for they differ basically in two respects. One is in their view of the ultimate nature of reality, of the relation of God, the human, and the world.

The flame of Thy love glows in the darkness of my night. o Lord, though the blue flower be poisonous 28 A Heart of Wisdom It is of Thy garden, And if 1\bdullah be a sinner He is of Thy people.... o Lord, every one desires to behold Thee, I desire that Thou mayest cast a glance at me .... If in Hell I obtain union with Thee What care I for those who dwell in Paradise? And were I called to Heaven without Thee The pleasures of Paradise would then Be worse than the fires of Hell. o Lord, prayer at Thy gate is a mere formality: Thou knowest what Thy slave desires ....

My faith is in God:' He believed that only faith set down in propositions guarantees that the world is constructed so as to give one salvation and happiness in the world to come. Such a belief opens itself to any scriptural text only insofar as it can be fitted into a ready-made theological category. Perhaps the most healthy religion is the dialectic between the interpretation and the religious reality. Most great theologians make a real effort to go back again and again to the scripture and to the experience.

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