The life of faith as a work of art: a Rabbinic theology of faith

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This paper argues that God, despite his Perfection, can have faith in us. The paper includes exegesis of various Midrasihc texts, so as to understand the Rabbinic claim that God manifested faith in creating the world. After the exegesis, the paper goes on to provide philosophical motivation for thinking that the Rabbinic claim is consistent with Perfect Being Theology, and consistent with a proper analysis of the nature of faith. Finally, the paper attempts to tie the virtue that faith can exhibit to the virtues associated with art, as it is understood by R. G. Collingwood. This association is particularly apt, given the Midrashic description of God as an artist. All of this is offered in response to Rabbi Moses Nachmanides who argued (against other important commentaries) that Abraham’s faith, in Genesis 15:6, wasn’t worthy of particular praise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-81
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017

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  • Art
  • Divine emotions
  • Faith
  • Midrash
  • R. G. Collingwood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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