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Readings and Ramblings

This is Readings and Ramblings. It is readings because this is a site for blogging about books and I intend to do that. It is ramblings because I might want to write about something else now and then.

For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter Between Judaism and Christianity

For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter Between Judaism and Christianity - Irving Greenberg This book was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a sociological study of the interaction between Jewish and Christian cultures. What did I get? I got theology. I agree with Richard Dawkins when he said that theology is a complete non subject. I will add that it is utterly absurd. It is so absurd that when someone speaks to me with the assumption that I accept religious doctrine I feel like my intelligence is being insulted. Well, this book was written by a Jew for the consumption of Jews and I am not a Jew, so it could be said that it was the intelligence of Jews that was being insulted. However, I happened to read it. As a reader I could not help to feel like my intelligence was being insulted even if I was not the target audience. If there is anything that comes close to redeeming the book it is that the religion I most often have pushed on me is Christianity and at least this was not Christianity. The difference is very small though. The author seems to be trying his best to reconcile the theology of Judaism with the theology of Christianity, but they both seem to be so similar to me that it is like reconciling black with black with an almost unnoticeable bit of gray in it. I may have a bit of OCD in that when I start a book I feel compelled to finish it and I did finish this one, but I was certainly glad when I was through with it.