“GOD. Not an emotion, a stir within us, but a power, a marvel beyond us, tearing the world apart. The word that means more than universe, more than eternity, holy, holy, holy; we cannot comprehend it. We only know it means infinitely more than we are able to echo. Staggered, embarrassed, we stammer and say: He, who is more than all there is, who speaks through the ineffable, whose question is more than our minds can answer; He to whom our life can be the spelling of an answer.” (Abraham Heschel, Man is Not Alone, p. 78)
Abraham Heschel (1907-1972) was Professor of Ethics and Mysticism at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and was internationally renowned as a scholar, author, and civil rights activist. Many consider him the most significant Jewish theologian of the 20th century. His works have appealed to Jews and Christians alike. The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, president of the Institute on Religion and Public Life, has written “For Jews and Christians beyond numbering, Abraham Joshua Heschel was a spiritual mentor who changed our lives in ways that we are still trying to understand.”
Dr. Heschel’s book Man is Not Alone is a profound and poetic examination of how we sense God’s presence, explore it, accept it, and build a life upon it. In a three part series from November 14, 2004 to December 12, 2004, we explored some of Dr. Heschel’s spiritual insights, and discussed how they impact our Christian journeys.
Presentation 1 was by David Monyak; presentations 2 and 3 by Linda Monyak
Holiness in Words. Abraham Joshua Heschel's Poetics of Piety. Edward K Kaplan, State University of New York Press, 1996. ISBN 0-7914-2868-0
Man is Not Alone. A Philosophy of Religion. Abraham Joshua Heschel, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1951. ISBN 0-374-51328-7