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Religions 2019, 10(1), 62; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10010062

Religion without God? Approaches to Theological Reference in Modern and Contemporary Jewish Thought

Department of Religious Studies, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620, USA
Received: 1 December 2018 / Revised: 8 January 2019 / Accepted: 11 January 2019 / Published: 18 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Modern Jewish Thought)
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Abstract

Recent scholarship on both ancient and modern Judaism has criticized the identification of Judaism as a religion. From the perspective of the modern period, what has remained unaddressed is the very peculiar religion that Jewish philosophers and theologians have formed. Numerous scholars with varying philosophical and religious commitments depict Judaism as a religion in which belief plays a negligible role and reference to God is tenuous if not impossible. This article charts three trends in modern and contemporary Jewish thought on the subject of theological reference: restricted referentialism, ostensive referentialism, and theological referentialism. The article concludes by discussing new developments in the theory of reference that can further the work of the theological referentialists and help revitalize Jewish theology. View Full-Text
Keywords: Jewish theology; Jewish philosophy; modern Jewish thought; philosophy of language; reference; philosophy of religion Jewish theology; Jewish philosophy; modern Jewish thought; philosophy of language; reference; philosophy of religion
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