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Tradition in the Public Square: A David Novak Reader (Randi Rashkover Martin Kavka (eds)) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2008) 9780802830722
Tradition in the Public Square: A David Novak Reader (Randi Rashkover Martin Kavka (eds)) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2008) 9780802830722
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Title: Tradition in the Public Square: A David Novak Reader

Author: Rashkover, Randi Martin Kavka (eds)

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2008

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802830722

Volumes: 1; Pages: 406

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One of the marks of a great thinker is the ability to respond to the conditions and problems of one's time by changing the terms of the conversation. By this standard, David Novak ranks as one of today's great American theologians. His work, a response to the primary issues suffusing modern Judaism--namely, what it means to be part of Western culture yet separate from its secularized form of life--has helped to make Jewish theology and Jewish philosophy thriving fields in North American university life.The first section of this book presents Novak's account of the inextricable relationship between matters philosophical and matters theological. The second section shows the implications of Novak's philosophical theology as spelled out in his writings on social ethics and theo-politics. Essays in this section also exemplify how Novak applies his theological and philosophical positions to address and adjudicate many of the central ethical concerns of our time, including abortion, war, capital punishment, sexual ethics, and health care ethics.Not too long ago the project of a publicly engaged Jewish theology or philosophy seemed to be impossible within the strictures of North American culture. The line between Athens and Jerusalem was firmly drawn. Novak's work rejects this distinction and its implications by arguing for the necessary link between philosophy and theology and, by extension, between Judaism and the multicultural society and, finally, between religion and the public square.Table of Contents AcknowledgmentsIntroduction, by Randi Rashkover and Martin Kavka1. WHY TRADITION?THE ROLE OF PHILOSOPHY1. Philosophy and the Possibility of Revelation: A Theological Response to the Challenge of Leo Strauss (1996)2. The Dialectic between Theory and Practice in Rabbinic Thought (2004)REVELATION, COVENANT, AND LAW: THE PHENOMENA OF TRADITION3. Heschel on Revelation (1999)4. Creation and Election (1995)5. The Life of the Covenant (1995)6. The Role of Dogma in Judaism (1988)7. Is There a Concept of Individual Rights in Jewish Law? (1994)THE PRECONDITION FOR THE PHENOMENA: NOAHIDE LAW AS NATURAL LAW8. Noahide Law: A Foundation for Jewish Philosophy (1979)9. Persons in the Image of God (1998)10. Natural Law, Universalism, and Multiculturalism (1998)2. TRADITION IN THE PUBLIC SQUAREJUDAISM AND MULTICULTURAL POLITICS11. Law: Religious or Secular? (2000)12. What Is Jewish about Jews and Judaism in America? (1993)13. The Right and the Good (2002)14. Is Natural Law a Border Concept between Judaism and Christianity? (2004)15. The Treatment of Islam and Muslims in the Legal Writings of Maimonides (1986)CASE STUDIES: JUDAISM AND SOCIAL ETHICS16. A Jewish View of War (1974)17. A Jewish View of Abortion (1974)18. A Halakhic View of Responsibility (1982)19. Religious Communities, Secular Societies, and Sexuality: One Jewish Opinion (1998)20. Jewish Marriage and Civil Law: A Two-Way Street? (2000)21. Can Capital Punishment Ever Be Justified in the Jewish Tradition? (2004)22. A Jewish Argument for Socialized Medicine (2003)Index of Subjects and NamesIndex of Scripture and Other Ancient References
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