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Torah And Culture: H. Richard Niebuhr's Christ And Culture After Fifty Years: A Judaic Response

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Fifty years ago, a thoughtful and profound theological analysis of the relationship, in Christianity, between religion and culture, H. Richard Niebuhr's Christ and Culture, formed of Christian theological language and traditions a highly systematic response to that question. The challenge is to identify counterparts, in Judaism and its category-formations, to those of Christianity as Niebuhr expounds matters. This chapter shows that the dialectics-Torah as embodiment of culture, Torah as critique of culture-adumbrated in the formulation of Niebuhr pertains to Judaism? The issue presents itself blatantly: how does Christ/Torah relate to the enduring artifacts of human society. Within the framework of the given definition of culture, Niebuhr identifies five answers to the question of the relationship of "Christ and culture;" of these, the first two state the issue in the most acute and radical way, the next three impart nuance thereto.

Keywords: Christianity; H. Richard Niebuhr; Judaism; Torah



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