By Maurice S. Friedman
Drawing on virtually part a century of immersion within the world's nice religions, Friedman takes a dialogical process during which non secular truth isn't obvious as exterior creed and shape or as subjective idea, yet because the assembly in openness, presentness, immediacy, and mutuality with final truth. faith has to do with the wholeness of human lifestyles.
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There is no process here of abstracting from concrete reality, of uncovering the essence and shucking off this world. There is no Hindu nama-rupano world of name and form which is to be understood as merely that and therefore illusion. On the contrary, the very particularity of things, Religions With Which I Have Been In Dialogue 17 their very name and form, is the only means through which one can attain enlightenment. When a mind is not disturbed, The Ten Thousand things offer no offence. No offence offered, and no ten thousand things.
There is the possibility of renewing this trust, but only if we can bring the exile into the dialogue with God, not if we turn away from the exile or overlook it. What happened to Job can and does happen, in more or less concentrated form, to any of us. Instead of turning Job's situation into the abstract metaphysical problem of evil we should encounter it as a touchstone of reality. For the real question-the question that lies at the inmost core of our very Religions With Which I Have Been In Dialogue 37 existence-is not Why?
This action seems most effortless just when it is most effective. The yin and yang is also in Confucianism, but in Confucianism the active side is emphasized at the expense of the passive. Taoism gives equal place to the "feminine" virtues of receptivity and passivity. But Taoism does not insist even on these. It lets things flow between the opposites without making one or the other the basic reality. Neither is the Tao simply the unconscious or feeling, as Witter Bynner suggests in his introduction to The Way of Life according to Lao-Tzu.
A Heart of Wisdom: Religion and Human Wholeness by Maurice S. Friedman