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A signally important work for anyone seriously concerned with Judaism or Christianity. It may prove to be a seminal work, a work that is interesting to both Jews and Christians. No doubt, it has faults, but a lack of nobility is not one of them.

3 When Leo Baeck died in 1956, he was widely hailed as one of the most saintly men of our time; but few in-deed realized that he was the author of one of the most important polemics ever launched against Chris-tianity— and very probably the most interesting one written from the point of view of another religion. Unlike Kierkegaard, in his Attack on Christendom, Baeck did not merely criticize the millions of indiffer-ent Christians, but the Christian religion itself. And unlike other critics, he did not attack religion in gen-eral but only what he called “ romantic religion.” A few days before publication, in 1938, Baeck’s cri-tique of “ Romantic Religion,” and the whole book of essays of which it formed a part, was destroyed by the secret police of the Nazi state. Less than ten copies survived. Soon after, World War II broke out. And Baeck survived it. He resolved that his essay should be trans-lated and published in English, along with the other essays in the present volume, which he himself se-lected. In time to come, he may well be remembered as much for this book as for anything else.   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PageA NOTE TO THE READERCONTENTSJUDAISM AND CRISTIANITYLEO BAECK: A Biographical Introduction by Walter Kaufmann1 THE SON OF MAN2 THE GOSPEL AS A DOCUMENT OF THE HISTORY OF THE JEWISH FAITHPREFACETRADITIONSTHE EVENTSTHE SAYINGS AND THE PARABLESTHE PARABLES3 THE FAITH OF PAUL4 MYSTERY AND COMMANDMENT5 ROMANTIC RELIGIONROMANTICISMPAULTHE EXPERIENCE OF FAITHCULTURE AND HISTORYTHE SACRAMENTTHE ROMANTIC CHURCHROMANTIC TRUTHTHE COMMANDMENT AND THE DEEDETHICSTHE SENTIMENTALCASUISTRYHUMANITYREDEMPTIONTHE MESSIANIC IDEA
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