I sure enjoyed the discussion between Krista and Arnold Eisen! I found a missing link for people like me who admire Christopher Hitchens' and Sir Richard Dawkins' critique of mindless obedient belief in unbelievable rigid dogma but who also feel there's something spiritual in the world that needs to be acknowledged. Heschel's placing action, good action, righteous action, like that of Dr. Martin Luther King, as required even when certainty about the supernatural is absent, for me places religion where it belongs. Religion can't do what it said it could for millenia - explain the universe or heal the sick - which science can do - but it can teach human beings how to get along with one another, how to treat one another better. It seems that Heschel's work opens that door to those of us who can't take the dogma but want something.
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