Religion: The Path to Utter Freedom

He began to write his masterwork in the German trenches in the Balkans, where he was serving out the last days of World War I. He sent it home in letters to his mother. Mustered out, Franz Rosenzweig finished Der Stern der Erlösung (The Star of Redemption) in February 1919, just six months after he started it; the book was published two years later in Frankfurt. Since then it has become one of the dominant works of Jewish thought in the 20th century, ranking with those of Martin Buber (I and Thou), a...

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