Levenson-God’s command “Love me!”


I am going to reverse Jon Levenson’s final chapter in his The Love of God and start at the end. The chapter is about the problem of how the love of God relates to modernity. He discusses how more modern Jewish philosophers have dealt with modernity. He is dissatisfied with each philosopher he discusses. At the end he offers an analogy (which he credits to Wilfred Cantwell Smith) that he thinks may offer a way forward.

His analogy is that of listening to music. You can listen to the noise made by a particular instrument, the boom of a drum, for instance. You can hear it as just a device that makes a sound. But there is a second level at which you hear the sounds of the instrument as the self expression of a performer. If you are listening to a band or an orchestra, there is another level where you…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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