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Redemptive HopeFrom the Age of Enlightenment to the Age of Obama$
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Akiba J. Lerner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267910

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267910.001.0001

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The God of Exodus and the School of Hope

The God of Exodus and the School of Hope

(p.65) 3 The God of Exodus and the School of Hope
Redemptive Hope

Akiba J. Lerner

Fordham University Press

Chapter 3 explores the work of Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Theordor Adorno, Jürgen Moltmann, Walter Capps, Paul Ricoeur, Eric Fromm, and Emil Fackenheim, all of whom contributed to the project of reviving redemptive hope narratives as an answer to the failure of both religious and philosophical traditions to adequately address the modern breakdown of humanistic values and the catastrophes of mass extermination. The thinkers covered in this chapter all shared the concern that redemptive narratives remain indispensible for motivating social solidarity but are also no longer believable in the same way in a post-Holocaust era. The Jewish and Christian thinkers in this chapter provide an interesting historical antecedent and contrast to Rorty’s late-twentieth-century proposal for a postmetaphysical form of social hope.

Keywords:   becoming, Commandment, Exodus, Holocaust, idolatry, messianism, not-yet, transcendence, utopia

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