Religious Genius

Appreciating Inspiring Individuals Across Traditions

Authors: Goshen-Gottstein, Alon

  • Author is a pioneer in interfaith scholarship
    Seeks to study individuals in ways that are novel to academia.
    Allows scholars who are so disposed to engage in first order questions that concern the spiritual life, as witnessed across multiple traditions

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About this book

This book sets forth a new area in the study of extraordinary individuals in religious traditions. It develops the category of “Religious Genius” as an alternative to existing categories, primarily “saint.” It constructs a model by which to appreciate these individuals, suggesting key characteristics such as love, humility, and self-surrender. Religious geniuses transform their traditions and their legacies endure through these very transformations. They also inspire changes across religious boundaries and traditions. The study of religious geniuses in various faith traditions therefore advances interfaith engagement today. The book complements existing, primarily historical, studies of saints by offering a phenomenological approach that seeks to touch the subjectivity of these individuals, and how they have affected the unfolding of their religious traditions. 

About the authors

Alon Goshen-Gottstein is the founder and director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute, headquartered in Jerusalem. He is acknowledged as one of the foremost theoreticians of interreligious relations, with a special focus on Jewish theology of religions. He has published over a dozen authored and edited volumes in the field. A scholar of rabbinic literature and Jewish thought, he previously taught at Tel Aviv University and directed the Center for the Study of Rabbinic Thought at Bet Morasha, Jerusalem.

Reviews

Alon Goshen-Gottstein introduces, in a fascinating way, a new field of study. It is an avant-garde study that opens up horizons, enhancing religious understanding and interfaith dialogue. The deep and insightful study has expanded my own vision of what holiness is and allowed me to gain better knowledge of my father, St. Francis.”  (Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Franciscan Capuchin, Preacher of the Papal Household, Vatican City)

Religious Genius is a very thorough examination of the problems inherent in using a category that lives in one tradition – here, ‘saint’ – in a broader context that deals with figures in other religious traditions. This book will help in contexts where issues of terminology arise, as an excellent example of an effort to move beyond the application of single-tradition normative terms to other traditions.” (Francis X. Clooney, SJ, Harvard University, USA)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Goshen-Gottstein, Alon

    Pages 1-8

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  • Religious Genius—An Overview

    Goshen-Gottstein, Alon

    Pages 11-18

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  • “Religious Genius”—Choosing a Category

    Goshen-Gottstein, Alon

    Pages 19-41

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  • The Model: Developing a Methodology for Studying (Religious Genius)

    Goshen-Gottstein, Alon

    Pages 43-66

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  • Religious Genius in the Real Life of Community

    Goshen-Gottstein, Alon

    Pages 67-84

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eBook 69,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55514-0
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Hardcover 88,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55513-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religious Genius
Book Subtitle
Appreciating Inspiring Individuals Across Traditions
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55514-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55514-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55513-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 196
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