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Aspects of Revelation (III)

Samuel Fleischacker

in Divine Teaching and the Way of the World

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199217366
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728495 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217366.003.0021
Aspects of Revelation (III)

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A revelation is supposed to orient an entire life, so it is no accident that purportedly revealed texts bring along with them a way of living, a set of practices that infuse everything their followers do. Ritual is inherent to revealed religion, not a mere adjunct to it. This chapter explores the way ritual helps believers better grasp the vision of their sacred texts, the relationship of ritual to moral practices, and the way ritual builds religious communities. The central virtue fostered by ritual is humility, it is argued: those faithful to a revealed text must first and foremost trust it to guide them—accede to its authority over their lives—rather than subordinating it to their other interests and commitments.

Keywords: ritual; path; halacha; humility; virtue; community

Chapter.  7131 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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