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Faith Confronting the Experiences of Our Age

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This chapter internalizes the full power of the faith that was implanted in the direction of the process of practical realization. The notion that man knows his essence as a spiritual being transcending the body's materiality, even though it has no life without the body, is the basis of faith in the existence and faithfulness of God. Nature is described as the established order that exists to provide a home for humanity, as a direct expression, without utterance or words, of God's presence. The chapter examines the traditional resources of wisdom that shaped the Jewish response to the problem, and describes how it originated and developed up to the time, and determines the problem of theodicy on the historical plane. Most Orthodox thinkers admit that the shock to their faith on account of the Holocaust was unusual and exceptional.

Keywords:faith; God; Holocaust; humanity; Jewish; nature; Orthodox; theodicy

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