Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Organized Religion

Gil/Simcha @ Hirhurim recently quoted Telushkin & Prager about why we need organized religion.

Its obvious to anyone self-aware the humanist bias in the very question. To question why we need "organized religion" is to assume that real religion is personal/feeling religion. Its starts off assuming the primacy of personal individual religion & its just a hop, skip, & a jump to Friedrich Schleiermacher & religion of the heart.

But why assume that individual religion is ontologically prior to national (K'neset Yisroel) religion, communal, or family based religion.

It is only in narcissistic America, that we begin our discussion of Judaism with the assumption religion is primarily individualistic.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you can teach Gil some basics about religion and yiddishkeit? Maybe you can help him stop making a chulent of his Conservative upbringing and his new charedi absolutes? He does not know what belongs and what doesn't.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Rachack said...

awsome post

2:05 AM  

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