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By Michah Gottlieb

the new renewal of the faith-reason debate has centred cognizance on prior episodes in its heritage. one in every of its memorable highlights happened in the course of the Enlightenment, with the outbreak of the "Pantheism Controversy" among the eighteenth century Jewish thinker Moses Mendelssohn and the Christian Counter-Enlightenment philosopher Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi. whereas Mendelssohn argued that cause proven trust in a providential God and in an immortal soul, Jacobi claimed that its constant program led ineluctably to atheism and fatalism. at the present, there are best interpretations of Moses Mendelssohn's idea. One casts him as a Jewish traditionalist who attracts on German philosophy to aid his premodern Jewish ideals, whereas the opposite portrays him as a mystery Deist who seeks to inspire his fellow Jews to combine into German society and so disingenuously defends Judaism to prevent arousing their competition. by way of exploring the Pantheism Controversy and Mendelssohn's relation to his maximum Jewish philosophical predecessors, the medieval Rabbi Moses Maimonides and the 17th century heretic Baruch Spinoza, Michah Gottlieb offers a brand new examining of Mendelssohn arguing that he defends Jewish spiritual ideas basically, yet supplies them a humanistic interpretation applicable to existence in a loose, various sleek society. Gottlieb argues that the faith-reason debate is better understood now not basically as an issue approximately metaphysical questions, equivalent to even if God exists, yet quite as a competition among competing conceptions of human dignity and freedom. Mendelssohn, Gottlieb contends, provides expression to a humanistic spiritual standpoint important of renewed attention today.

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