Montag, 9. November 2020

Die ökumenische Weite von Jonathan Sacks - Das Gute im Horizont von Religion und Moral (wieder) herstellen

Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the 
United Hebrew Congregations
 of the Commonwealth (Wikipedia.en)

Am 31. Oktober 2020 starb der renommierte Rabbiner Jonathan Sacks. Die Jüdische Allgemeine schreibt (07.11.2020): "Eine der wichtigsten jüdischen Stimmen dieser Generation ist für immer verstummt: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks ist am Samstagmorgen, Schabbat Wajera, im Alter von 72 Jahren verstorben. Im vergangenen Monat war bekannt geworden, dass Rabbi Sacks (Harav Yaakov Zvi ben David Arieh z’’l) erneut an Krebs erkrankt war."

Rabbi Sacks gehört zu den großen interreligiösen Brückenbauern, der das Friedensengagement als notwendige religiöse Aufgabe intensiv betonte und sich gegen jegliche Gewaltpotentiale innerhalb der Religionen wendete. Das kommt besonders in diesem Buch zur Sprache:

SACKS, Jonathan: Not in God's Name. Confronting Religious Violence.
New York a.o.: Penguin Random House 2015, 320 pp.

--- Verlagshinweis mit Leseprobe: hier 
--- Erläuterung: hier

--- Rezension von Michael Blume (Scilogs, 04.02.2016) 

Weitere Veröffentlichungen von Jonathan Sacks

Bücher von Jonathan Sacks (bei Lovely Books)

Cover des Buches The Koren Siddur (ISBN: 9789653013100)

The Koren Siddur

Erschienen am 01.06.2012
Cover des Buches A Letter in the Scroll (ISBN: 0743267427)

A Letter in the Scroll

Erschienen am 16.04.2004
Cover des Buches To Heal a Fractured World (ISBN: 0805211969)

To Heal a Fractured World

Erschienen am 06.02.2007
Cover des Buches The Home We Build Together (ISBN: 9780826423498)

The Home We Build Together

Erschienen am 02.06.2009
Cover des Buches The Great Partnership (ISBN: 9780340995259)

The Great Partnership

Erschienen am 21.06.2012
Cover des Buches The Dignity of Difference (ISBN: 0826468500)

The Dignity of Difference

Erschienen am 01.07.2003
Cover des Buches Future Tense (ISBN: 9780805212297)

Future Tense

Erschienen am 07.08.2012
Cover des Buches The Koren Sachs Siddur (ISBN: 9789653012974)

The Koren Sachs Siddur

Erschienen am 15.11.2009

Die letzte Veröffentlichung von Jonathan Sacks:
Morality: Restoring the common good in divided times
London: Hodder & Stoughon 2020
--- ISBN 978-1-473-61731-5 --- 

Review_by Canon Robin Gill is Emeritus Professor of Applied Theology at the University of Kent and Editor of Theology.  Church Times, 03.07.2020

Morality: Restoring the common good in divided times by Jonathan Sacks
Robin Gill considers the latest contribution of a conservative moralist

RABBI Lord Sacks has been an immensely articulate public voice in Britain for the past three decades. He was appointed Chief Rabbi in 1991 at the age of 43 and remained in that demanding leadership position until 2013. His 1995 book Faith in the Future attracted readers and admirers well beyond Judaism, and was followed especially by his Reith Lectures published in 2005 as The Persistence of Faith.

Arguing from a conservative theological and moral stance (probably a prerequisite for a Chief Rabbi), his wide reading, clear prose, and generous ecumenism have won him many friends and admirers. This ecumenism was well in evidence in his 2002 book The Dignity of Difference, despite attracting criticism from some of his own ultra-orthodox. His courageous and passionate 2015 book Not in God’s Name: Confronting religious violence also made a similarly eirenic contribution to people across faith traditions. In British public life, his religious significance has been huge.

Does this new book (Comment, 20 March) add anything? Probably not for those of us who have followed his writings and broadcasts over these three decades. At 365 pages, it is longer than most of his other books, but many of its ideas have been articulated by him on numerous occasions before (and are repeated several times in this book). Some of his Jewish anecdotes and jokes are all too obvious, his use of stories from the Hebrew Bible is remarkably pre-critical (as Chief Rabbi, he needed to avoid Old Testament critical scholarship), and his summaries of classical philosophers are seldom sustained at any length or depth. For many academics, all of this will be irritating, but for his wider readership it will probably enhance his much-deserved reputation as “a defender of all religions, arguing that belief in God is the solution, not the cause, of global conflict” — a quotation, on the back cover, from The Times (1 August 2015).

This new book is divided into five sections. The first three (lasting to page 231) focus on what Lord Sacks sees as the dysfunctional features of modern society: loneliness; obsession with self-help; media hostility; fragmenting families; amoral markets; consumerism; fragile democracies; post-truth; victimhood; and, especially, a cultural shift from “we” to “I” . . . or perhaps simply “me, me”.

The fourth section focuses more specifically on philosophy and religion, arguing at length that those philosophers of the 20th century (and before) who claimed that there was nothing objective about morality and that religion offered it no credible basis were themselves profoundly wrong. His deep Jewish faith offers him an alternative perspective (articulated at length in his earlier books) that morality matters and has an objective basis.

It is this basis that he sets out in the final, brief section. He argues, particularly, that the Jewish concept of covenant and the Catholic concept of the common good, together, offer a radical alternative to the individualism that he detects in modern society. Some readers may be disappointed that this section is not the longest. Perhaps he will write that book in the future — with fewer woes and more wows.

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