Th.JournalofJ<wilh Thought and Phl/OJophy, Vol. 10, pp. 205-237 © 2000 Reprints available directly from the publisher Photocopying permitted by license only Revelation as Torah: From an Existential To a Postliberal Judaism Steven Kepnes Colgate University Much thinking about revelation in modern Jewish thought has been dominated by the primacy of personal religious experience. The locus of revelation was placed in the private sphere outside of Jewish institutions of prayer and study and a relationship to Torah. Follow- ing Cartesian and Kierkegaardian priorities the thought and experi- ence of the individual was presented as the beginning point for all exploration of philosophical truth and religious revelation. Looking back into the past all systems of truth and religious institutions were assumed to be merely secondary manifestations of the primary experience of the individual. The argument of this paper is that the postliberal thought of George Lindbeck 1 allows us to take a different approach to the characteristic modern priority given to the indi- vidual and to the gap established between private experience and public religious text and rituals. Postliberal religious thought has allowed us to make a simultaneously new and old start which pre- serves the immediacy of personal experience
The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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