Thursday, August 25, 2011

Modern Orthodoxy's Human Pillar –

It's probably ironic (at least in the Alanis Morresette sense of the term) that Joseph Soloveitchik (himself no fan of Reform) is one of my favorite theologians. This article, describing a collection of papers delivered on the centenary of his birth is worth a read. In a time when the need for an interrogative faith (to quote David Aaron), Soloveitchik's religious approach--rooted theologically but with an openness that might surprise those unfamiliar with his work--is one that resonates strongly for me, as the following clip makes clear.
It makes clear how, for Soloveitchik, maintaining an Orthodoxy both firmly rooted in the tradition and open to the outside world could be accomplished not according to predetermined formulas, but rather through balancing complex competing values. Add to this the ad hoc pronouncements he felt compelled to register to cope with practical problems as they arose, and it is no wonder that his record seems hardly consistent.

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