God exists and people must be faithful, intelligent, and intuitive enough to affirm that reality. Plato, Augustine, and others reach the summit of their philosophic insight precisely at those points where they are most genuinely poetic. The closest I can compare this to is the Jewish equivalent of C.S. Lewis. Heschel was a descendant of preeminent rabbinic families of Europe, both on his father's (Moshe Mordechai Heschel, who died of influenza in 1916) and mother's (Reizel Perlow Heschel) side, and a descendant of Rebbe Avrohom Yehoshua Heshl of Apt and other dynasties. Man Is Not Alone is a profound, beautifully written examination of the ingredients of piety: how man senses God's presence, explores it, accepts it, and builds life upon it. I still needed a dictionary open while reading it. We do not leave the shore of the known in search of adventure or suspense or because of the failure of reason to answer our questions. The ineffable is conceivable despite its being inexpressible or even unknowable. Such is our knowledge of beauty, of goodness, of truth, and of God. It alone knows the route to that which is remote from experience and understanding. But, some will object, there are times when we acknowledge that we have erred, that our insights were wrong. But how do we rend the veil? What makes Heschel distinctive among Jewish thinkers is his belief that God needs people as partners in the work of creation. Like every mystic Heschel believes that the mystery which confronts us is filled with the deepest significance. Instead he has given us a phenomenology of the religious life. Belief is born when mind and soul agree. Somewhat easier reading than its big brother, "God in Search of Man". It does keep saying the same thing over and over again, but that's only because anything is everything else in disguise. Man Is Not Alone is a masterly analysis of faith and the search for authentic religious expression. Welcome back. IN THE fundamentally secular environment of contemporary American Judaism, in which almost every conceivable kind of activity is given precedence…. But is not every ultimate insight ineffable and undemonstrable? We are all looked for. Perhaps he ought to be able to prove such things by close and systematic argument. In the fundamentally secular environment of contemporary American Judaism, in which almost every conceivable kind of activity is given precedence over Torah and worship, Professor Heschel has written a profoundly moving religious book. A hefty feast for your soul. For Heschel, the issue is not whether God exists, but whether people acknowledge there is a God. We do not really know ourselves. About 3.9 stars I'd say (just...this five star system does not work for me. An OK book, but it inspired me to write ! But this is truly a book, not only for Judaism, but for all seekers of God. When we have found God in this manner we are convinced. A fantastic on religious philosophy by a true master in the field. You'll get access to all of the Page after page I found myself pausing and contemplating this profound treasure. Refresh and try again. Man Is Not Alone is a profound, beautifully written examination of the ingredients of piety: how man senses God's presence, explores it, accepts it, and builds life upon it. An air of expectancy hovers over life. I am not sure (any more than any man can be sure) that Dr. Heschel has given us the true picture of God, man, and their relationship. Heschel’s gift of prose is deployed magnificently here in explanation of the Jewish faith, resulting in a beautifully written and poetic book. Readers of this book will have the opportunity of following the road which the author has illuminated. The majority of this book is note-taking fodder for the soul. While the second part, "The Problem of Living," lapses occasionally into "Great Chain of Being" thinking, where humans are considered as above other creatures, on the whole (especially in the final chapter), it outlines a way of life that is deeply needed in the world. I checked out this book from the library, but will definitely have to buy a copy for myself, for there were many quotes, ideas and Scriptures mentioned throughout the book that I would like to always have immediate access to. The root of religion is the question of what people do with their awe and wonder. I'm a non-Jewish Christian, but Jews and Christians alike will find significance and relevance in Heschel's words. We sail because our mind is like a fantastic seashell, and when applying our ear to its lips we hear a perpetual murmur from the waves beyond the shore. The book focuses on the problem of God and problem of living from a Jewish perspective. My favorite chapter is the last one, The Pious Man. Farrar, Straus, and Young. June 1st 1976 God is known from hearsay, a rumor fostered by dogmas, and even non-dogmatic thinkers offer hackneyed, solemn concepts without daring to cry out the startling vision of the sublime on the margin of which indecisions, doubts, are almost vile.”, We must abandon this external kind of religion and approach God immediately, directly, from within. 305 pp. by Abraham Joshua Heschel. Start by marking “Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion” as Want to Read: Error rating book. People can either accept the presence and reality of God or accept the absurdity of denying it. Read this book. He proceeds from an intuition of God’s presence to his essence. I use this often. He struggled to kindle his contemporaries’ faith in God and to preserve the Jewish perspective. This means no one is ever truly alone, as God is everywhere. As R’ Heschel would say it is sublime! There are a number of things that have kept me away (moving across the country, working on a novel, having a baby, etc.) Rich, dense, brilliant. Heschel believed that God needs humanity to do the work of his creation, so he devoted his life to reawakening people’s faith in God and alerting them to their need to do God’s work as his partner. Heschel asserts that religion begins in a far more radical kind of wonder. Sometimes our beloved betrays us, and the apparently beautiful turns out on closer inspection to be ugly. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Religion begins with people’s sensing the ineffable, with an awareness of a reality beyond their logical concepts. It challenges us to return to the source of our being, to search for the very foundations of all reality, to rediscover the presence of God in the world of men. This is a book I'll be keeping on my shelf and re-reading often. Rivers run deep here, friends, but if you enjoy thinking deeply about the nature of God, faith, religion, and life, this is an excellent pick! A wonderfully written book that could easily win readers of any religious confession - as well as atheists.