By Maurice S. Friedman
Drawing on virtually part a century of immersion within the world's nice religions, Friedman takes a dialogical method during which non secular truth isn't obvious as exterior creed and shape or as subjective idea, yet because the assembly in openness, presentness, immediacy, and mutuality with final fact. faith has to do with the wholeness of human existence
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You shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. 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.
Their amazed mouths open. Their eyes withdraw.... God's silence is necessary, because of humankind's faintheartedness .... The Priest may explain about the ritual prayer: It begins with "praise" and ends with "peace:' But the True Sheikh says, Prayer is union with God, so that no one is there but God? Religions With Which I Have Been In Dialogue 29 We don't need wine to get drunk, or instruments and singing to feel ecstatic. No poets, no leaders, no songs, Yet we jump around totally wild .... Someone who sees you and does not laugh out loud, or fall silent, or explode in pieces, is nothing more than the cement and stone of his own prison ....
The Ten Commandments proceed from the relationship to the God whom the people met in history ("I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage") and on this basis point to the demands of the covenant in the meeting between person and person.
A heart of wisdom : religion and human wholeness by Maurice S. Friedman