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Abraham Heschel i Thomas Merton – prorocze osobowości, prorocza przyjaźń
Abraham Heschel and Thomas Merton: Prophetic Personalities, Prophetic Friendship

Author(s): Edward Kaplan
Contributor(s): Tomasz Jerzy Brenet (Translator)
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Philosophy, Jewish studies, Metaphysics, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Comparative Studies of Religion, Jewish Thought and Philosophy
Published by: Akademia Techniczno-Humanistyczna w Bielsku-Białej
Keywords: Abraham Heschel;Thomas Merton;prophetic personality;

Summary/Abstract: In his essay on the Jewish rabbi Abraham Heschel and his evolving correspondence with Roman Catholic monk Thomas Merton, Edward Kaplan focuses on the trope of prophetic personality, which is characterized by an emotional intensity and a heightened sensitivity to injustice. Involved in religious peace movements and motivated by compassion and the indignation caused by the brutality of war, arrogant nationalism, and consumerist addictions, Merton and Heschel represent the quintessential prophetic stance in the sphere of social action. Their friendship went through a moment of crisis when the Second Vatican Council was debating the so-called Declaration on Jews. It was then that both Merton and Heschel demonstrated, through their outspoken criticisms, the full meaning of prophetic protest against the abuse of doctrinal pronouncements. As shown by their examples, a prophet is one who respects and repairs the world which is our common home and does it in the name of God.

  • Issue Year: 2/2018
  • Issue No: 31
  • Page Range: 165-177
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Polish