From Wissenschaft to Theology: A Mid-Life Re-Calling

FROM WISSENSCHAFT TO THEOLOGY: A MID-LIFE RE-CALLING *    The Scientific Study of Judaism Taking Theology Seriously “Doing” Theology: A Mid-Life Re-Calling Concluding Reflection A Formative Family StoryThe following narrative is an old family story: One Rosh ha-Shana, at about age three or four, I was standing with …

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Perpetrators and Rescuers: Two Key Factors

PERPETRATORS AND RESCUERS:THE TWO KEY FACTORS *   My Lai and its Aftermath Ordinary Germans Insertion into a Hierarchy that Does, or Tolerates, Good Revisiting the Obedience Experiments Patterns of Antisocial Childhood Discipline Patterns of Prosocial Childhood Discipline Summary   There are two questions that haunt …

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What To Do

WHAT TO DO[1]    The Failure of Moral Education Creates a Problem Four Very Strong Recommendations Admit Failure Give Formal Instruction Teach Prosocial Skills Pay Attention to Context and Process   A Preliminary Linguistic Note For many years I used the word “holocaust” to designate the …

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The Banality of Good and Evil

THE BANALITY OF GOOD AND EVIL:A DESCRIPTIVE-ANALYTIC AND A PRESCRIPTIVE-NORMATIVE REFLECTION[*]   The Descriptive-Analytic Task The Prescriptive-Normative Task The Problem  As we approach the end of the century and try to bring some perspective to its most traumatic event, the Shoah,[1] the task before us seems …

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