Secular Grace


In Secular Grace Dana Freibach-Heifetz addresses the crisis of modernity, proposing an ethic of love based on a new philosophical concept of “secular grace" as intersubjective relations.
Anchored in secular humanism as well as within the existentialist tradition, yet recognizing their limitations, Secular Grace seeks to protrude them by means of dialogue with their other: Christianity. Inspired by a variety of intellectual roots from ancient Greece to post modernist thinkers - chiefly the deliberations of Buber and Levinas in the encounter with the other, and notions of gift and friendship – it offers a rich concept of Secular Grace. It furthermore examines the possibilities of grace towards the dead, self-grace and secular salvation.

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Dana Freibach-Heifetz, Ph.D (2005), Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology, and the Arts, is a philosopher, human rights lawyer and art therapist. She has published articles and co-edited Despair and Redemption (Ben Gurion University Press, 2003) and The Meaning of Life (Hakibbutz Hameuchad & Yehoraz Association, 1999).

0. Introduction
a. The Death of God
b. Freedom Devoid of Alternatives to Religion
c. Quasi-Religious Alternatives to Religion
d. Secular Humanism
e. Secular Grace
f. The Structure and Methodology of the Book

1. Grace and Salvation in Christianity
a. Relation: The Personal Nature of the Relation of Grace
b. Gift: Grace and the Law
c. Free Will to Give and to Receive
d. The Subjective Aspect of Grace
e. The Objective Aspect of Grace
f. Outcomes of Grace: Salvation

2. Secular Grace: First Thoughts
A general concept of grace: The background of secular grace
a. Relationship
b. Gift: Grace and Morality
c. Free Will
d. The Subjective Aspect: Mutual Love
e. The Objective Aspect: Acts of Grace
f. Outcomes of Grace

3. Dialogue, Encounter, Friendship, Gift
a. I-Thou Relationship According to Buber
b. The Encounter with the Face of the Other in the Thinking of Levinas
c. Gift and Generosity
d. Friendship

4. Secular Grace: Further Glance
a. Secular Grace in Prose
b. Grace-Relation with the Dead
c. Self-Grace

5. Secular Salvation?
a. Secular Grace and Salvation
b. Humanist, Existential, Secular Grace

Academic researchers in the fields of philosophy, theology, Jewish thought and intellectual history; and all interested in questions of ethics, salvation, secularization, humanism, existentialism, and the history of ideas.