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Author Lazier, Benjamin, 1971-

Title God interrupted : heresy and the European imagination between the world wars / Benjamin Lazier.

Publication Info. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2008]


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  296.311 L431G    Check Shelf
Description xiv, 254 pages ; 25 cm
Note Includes index.
Contents The Gnostic return -- God interrupted: Romans in Weimar -- Overcoming Gnosticism -- After Auschwitz, earth -- Pantheism revisited -- The Pantheism controversy -- From God to nature -- Natural right and Judaism -- Redemption through sin -- Jewish Gnosticism -- Raising Pantheism -- From nihilism to nothingness -- Scholem's golem.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-244) and index.
Summary Could the best thing about religion be the heresies it spawns? Leading intellectuals in interwar Europe thought so. They believed that they lived in a world made derelict by God's absence and the interruption of his call. In response, they helped resurrect gnosticism and pantheism, the two most potent challenges to the monotheistic tradition. In God Interrupted, Benjamin Lazier tracks the ensuing debates about the divine across confessions and disciplines. He also traces the surprising afterlives of these debates in postwar arguments about the environment, neoconservative politics, and heretical forms of Jewish identity. In lively, elegant prose, the book reorients the intellectual history of the era. God Interrupted also provides novel accounts of three German-Jewish thinkers whose ideas, seminal to fields typically regarded as wildly unrelated, had common origins in debates about heresy between the wars. Hans Jonas developed a philosophy of biology that inspired European Greens and bioethicists the world over. Leo Strauss became one of the most important and controversial political theorists of the twentieth century. Gershom Scholem, the eminent scholar of religion, radically recast what it means to be a Jew. Together they help us see how talk about God was adapted for talk about nature, politics, technology, and art. They alert us to the abiding salience of the divine to Europeans between the wars and beyond--even among those for whom God was long missing or dead.
Subject God (Judaism) -- History of doctrines -- 20th century.
Jewish philosophy -- 20th century.
Jonas, Hans, 1903-1993.
Scholem, Gershom, 1897-1982.
Strauss, Leo.
Heresy -- History -- 20th century.
Pantheism -- History -- 20th century.
Gnosticism -- History -- 20th century.
Europe -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Jonas, Hans, 1903-1993. (OCoLC)fst00055537
Scholem, Gershom, 1897-1982. (OCoLC)fst01801519
Strauss, Leo. (OCoLC)fst00039644
Gnosticism. (OCoLC)fst00943906
God (Judaism) -- History of doctrines. (OCoLC)fst00944160
Heresy. (OCoLC)fst00955449
Intellectual life. (OCoLC)fst00975769
Jewish philosophy. (OCoLC)fst01730516
Pantheism. (OCoLC)fst01052224
Europe. (OCoLC)fst01245064
Afwezigheid van God.
Europa (geografie)
Jonas, Hans, 1903-1993. (DE-588)118558226
Scholem, Gershom, 1897-1982. (DE-588)118610295
Strauss, Leo, 1899-1973. (DE-588)118833901
Gnosis. (DE-588)4021391-2
Häresie. (DE-588)4022838-1
Jüdische Philosophie. (DE-588)4136677-3
Jüdische Theologie. (DE-588)4139773-3
Pantheismus. (DE-588)4173188-8
Germany. (DE-588)4011882-4
Jonas, Hans Philosoph.
Scholem, Gershom.
Strauss, Leo.
Jüdische Philosophie.
Religionsfilosofi -- judendom -- mellankrigstiden.
Judisk filosofi -- mellankrigstiden.
Gud -- judendom -- lärosatser.
Europa -- intellektuellt liv -- historia -- 1900-talet.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Geschichte 1918-1939.
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780691136707 (hardcover ;) (alk. paper)
069113670X (hardcover ;) (alk. paper)
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