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Alick Isaacs's A Prophetic Peace: Judaism, Religion, and Politics PDF

By Alick Isaacs

ISBN-10: 0253356849

ISBN-13: 9780253356840

Challenging deeply held convictions approximately Judaism, Zionism, struggle, and peace, Alick Isaacs's strive against adventure within the moment Lebanon battle provoked him to go looking for the way of reconciling the belligerence of faith with its messages of peace. In his insightful readings of the texts of Biblical prophecy and rabbinic legislation, Isaacs attracts at the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jacques Derrida, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Martin Buber, between others, to suggest an bold imaginative and prescient of religiously encouraged peace. Rejecting the idea of Jewish theology as a fan of conflict and vengeance, this eloquent and relocating paintings issues to the ways that Judaism could be a route to peace. A Prophetic Peace describes an instructional undertaking referred to as speaking Peace whose goal is to deliver members of alternative perspectives jointly to percentage various understandings of peace.

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Government can run things, without permeating them. Instead of politics, Konrad proposes “networks of friends” in factories, neighborhoods, and universities: people who trust and cooperate with one another, trading ideas and constantly extending their areas of liberty. “Let the Government stay on top,” he writes. ” The distancing, or the sublimation, of the political away from people’s lives ascribes a matter-of-fact or ordinary role to the structures of government. The task at hand is to find a way of allowing the political process to continue without hanging high ideological hopes on it.

The problem is that they did not. The negotiation strategy that Ross describes overlooks the ultimate, religious dimensions of the conflict and its resolution. This, I believe, is a significant oversight. Religious values, as well as people who are prepared to endure tremendous difficulties in order to preserve them, were involved in resisting the Oslo process on both sides. It was the recurrent cycles of violence and popular opposition to the agreements on both sides that were responsible for what Ross calls a lack of synchronization.

On a second level, Williams’s reading of Macarius runs deeper, culminating in the suggestion that fleeing is the way to find religious meaning in adversity. His version of what it means to face an obstacle religiously involves resisting the temptation to ignore the enduring theological significance of a problem. “Sitting in your cell” and “weeping” are reactions that acknowledge the complexity of the human condition in a world created by God, whose design for it defies our understanding. Adversity and difficulty are too fundamental to life—too central to the experiences of too many people on earth— to be brushed aside as if they were not supposed to be there.

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