December 21, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Discuss: In the fight between theology and history, back history

In the fight between theology and history, back history, argues programmer and theology student Simon Cozens:
What? Not theology? Surely God should come first. But theology is not God; theology is merely our precious human theories about how God behaves, and we should hold any such theology lightly. When theology wins over history, it is a terrifying thing.....

Any theology which is not affected by the history of what God is doing in the world is not a theology of God but a theology of man.

In light of the debate over at Hirhurim about culture, what do you make of this statement?

Was your opinion changed when you read the examples of history that I replaced with ellipses? TrackBack


"History" isn't just a series of events that happen. It is the interpretation of events, and everyone interprets them in a slightly different way. Many Jews believe that history has proven that God cares for us more than other peoples. I may disagree, but I can't disprove the point, any more than I can disprove a theological argument.

I don't see what any of this has to do with the relationship between the Jewish community and the religious right. Please explain.

Posted by: elf at December 21, 2004 10:23 PM

Sorry about the bad link to Hirhurim. I meant to point to the discussion about Rabbi Brill's article on culture and Judaism.

Posted by: Reb Yudel at December 21, 2004 10:31 PM
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