Tucker, Gordon
February 2009
Modern Judaism: A Journal of Jewish Ideas & Experience;Feb2009, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p126
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the problem of religious certainty and uncertainty as well as the concerns of Abraham Joshua Heschel in the problem. It relates that the expressions of uncertainty for the presence of God are ruled out in the biblical texts for the reason that the doubt itself is viewed as unacceptable. It discusses several literary writings of Heschel on religious uncertainty and Jewish philosophy and doctrines, including "The Quest for Certainty," "A Critical Postscript," and "Man Is Not Alone." It notes that Heschel considered those who pretend to certainty and those who conclude that the pursuit for certainty brought fatal doubt on the meaning of faith, as dangers to the health of Jewish tradition.


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