By Alick Isaacs
Challenging deeply held convictions approximately Judaism, Zionism, warfare, and peace, Alick Isaacs's wrestle adventure within the moment Lebanon conflict provoked him to go looking for how of reconciling the belligerence of faith with its messages of peace. In his insightful readings of the texts of Biblical prophecy and rabbinic legislations, Isaacs attracts at the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jacques Derrida, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Martin Buber, between others, to suggest an formidable imaginative and prescient of religiously encouraged peace. Rejecting the idea of Jewish theology as keen on battle and vengeance, this eloquent and relocating paintings issues to the ways that Judaism could be a route to peace. A Prophetic Peace describes a tutorial venture known as conversing Peace whose goal is to deliver participants of alternative perspectives jointly to proportion various understandings of peace.
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In Silence and Honey Cakes, Rowan Williams collects the wisdom and insight of the church fathers of the desert on the impulse to flee. He cites Abba Macarius: “Abba Isaiah asked Abba Macarius to give him a word. ”5 It is perhaps curious that Williams proposes weeping for sins and fleeing from society as a model for taking responsibility. This is certainly not a typical modern response to adversity. Even in religious circles where faith in God is a given and reliance on his mercy is axiomatic, God’s role in our struggles with adversity is most commonly tied to the popular notion that God helps those who help themselves.
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A Prophetic Peace: Judaism, Religion, and Politics by Alick Isaacs