The New God's Relevance

Mitchell Silver

in A Plausible God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226818
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236565 | DOI:
The New God's Relevance

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This chapter describes the general historical and sociological importance of the new God. It looks into the “new God” theology, outlined in the work of Mordecai Kaplan, Arthur Green, and Michael Lerner, to exemplify a representative of an ancient, sustained, and recently growing stream of thought. The chapter looks into examples of essentially similar theologies embedded within other traditions. In examining the theologies of Lerner, Green, and Kaplan, the chapter shows that they are echoing and developing religious thought of epochal length and world breadth. It also argues that people who are susceptible to this new God theology, the “moderns” are growing in numbers and influence, despite some countertrends.

Keywords: new God; Kaplan; Green; Lerner; theology; moderns

Chapter.  4483 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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