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By Maurice S. Friedman

Drawing on nearly part a century of immersion within the world's nice religions, Friedman takes a dialogical strategy wherein non secular truth isn't visible as exterior creed and shape or as subjective proposal, yet because the assembly in openness, presentness, immediacy, and mutuality with final truth. faith has to do with the wholeness of human existence.

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One does not apply the Ten Commandments to the situation: one rehears them as utterly unique, present commands. Only through this "rehearing" do injunctions such as not to kill, not to steal, and not to bear false witness take on concrete meaning. You cannot "deal lovingly" with your neighbor as "one equal to yourself' as a general principle, but only in a mutual relationship in the concrete, particular situation. Far from being opposites, ''Love your neighbor as yourself" and "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" are the direct and indirect statements of the same principle.

Leviticus 19:17-18 A large general contrast that one could make with some justification between Hinduism and Buddhism and the so-calledWestern religions-Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam-is that the latter have a central concept of revelation whereas the former speak in terms of illumination or "enlightenment:' The reason for this difference is a profound one; for they differ basically in two respects. One is in their view of the ultimate nature of reality, of the relation of God, the human, and the world.

The "same" stream is the stream as we have fixed it with our categoriesso high, the water flowing so fast, and so many thousands of pebbles in the stream bed. Thus the Zen Buddhist statement, ''The bridge flows and the river remains standing;' means a basic reversal of our customary perspective in relation to reality over against us-a reversal in the direction of the concrete and the particular, "the one and the ten thousand things:' However important it is that things be consistent when we are constructing bridges and roads, when we are dealing with ultimate realities we encounter something that is necessarily paradoxical, something that pushes beyond the bounds which our categories can comprehend.

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