A Heart of Wisdom: Religion and Human Wholeness by Maurice S. Friedman

By Maurice S. Friedman

Drawing on nearly part a century of immersion within the world's nice religions, Friedman takes a dialogical process wherein non secular fact isn't really noticeable 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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This is the paradox of existence itself, one beyond which we cannot see. "The bridge flows, the water remains standing;' says a Zen koan. If we were floating down the stream, the bridge would flow with us; the water would not flow at all. The water flows only when we are on the bank and have a stationary position relative to its flow. Heraclitus said, "No person can step twice into the same stream:' From this he concluded, '~ll is flux:' But a disciple of his said, "No person can step once into the same stream:' The observation that all is flux is only possible when you have removed yourself from the stream.

D. H. Lawrence, 22 A Heart of Wisdom reacting against the domination of conscious, rational man, swung to the opposite extreme. Taoism, in contrast, does not place feeling above thought any more than it places thought above feeling. It does not need to overcorrect detached intellectuality by an emphasis on "gut-level" emotion. It knows that thought never occurs without feeling and that feeling never occurs without thought, even though we sometimes use our thoughts to mask our feelings and our feelings to mask our thoughts.

The reaffirmation of trust takes place out of an immediate sense of exile. When God no longer prepares a table for the good person in the presence of his enemies, when the good person sees not the recompense of the wicked, but their prosperity and their arrogance, his trust is shaken. He cannot bear the fact that the presence of God is emptied out of the world, that the sinners who cannot stand in the judgment are nonetheless confirmed by the congregation, and divine and social reality are split asunder.

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