Thursday, April 29, 2010

George Weigel Endorses Abraham Heschel's Hermetic/Kabbalistic Gnosis

"Go to any bookstore in North America today and you'll likely find a large section on "spirituality," in which there are large numbers of books about "our search for God."

"But there is wisdom in the title the late, great Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel gave to one of his books: God in Search of Man. Biblical religion - faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus - is not about "spirituality," and it's not about our search for God. The God of the Bible comes to search for us, and asks us to take the same path through history that he is taking."
(George Weigel, April 15, 2010)

Am I reading unintended Hermeticism into Heschel? I think he made himself very clear:
"This outlook provides the foundation for the study of the teachings of the Kabbalah. In many places in the Zohar you will find the statement that the Holy and Blessed one created this world on the model of the world above: 'Everything that exists above is replicated below'(Zohar Pekudei 221a). In the opinion of the sages, the people brought with them from Babylonia the names of the angels. But we have not yet been able to discover the source of the [non-biblical] concept of the parallelism of the world above and the world below." (Abraham Joshua Heschel, Gordon Tucker, Heavenly Torah: as refracted through the generations, p.266)

Also see:

'Shoah' Theologian Reveals Hermetic/Kabbalistic Doctrine at Core of Holocaustolatry

Vatican II Kabbalist Sage, Rabbi Abraham Heschel: "I Want to Attack Their Souls"

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