Allen Scult, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion at
Reconstructionism is arguably the only truly American Jewish movement and in many significant ways is peculiarly suited to the problems and possibilities of being Jewish in
We will discuss these and other topics including the relation of Reconstructionism to Conservative and Reform Judaism, as well as the life and career and the founder of Reconstructionsim, Mordecai M. Kaplan, one of the most important Jewish thinkers in the twentieth century. In addition to his influential books such as Judaism as a Civilization and The Meaning of God in Modern Jewish Religion, we will also look at parts of his journal, which he kept for most of the his active life (he lived to 103), which gives us a revealing look at his relationship to most of the significant leaders, teachers, and thinkers in the Judaism of the twentieth century, including Solomon Schechter, Rabbi Stephen Wise, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, as well as insight into his struggles as a practicing rabbi, teacher of rabbis at the Jewish Theological Seminary for sixty years, and most importantly into his inner life as a thinking and passionate Jew.
Those who have questions about the course may contact Professor Scult at Allen.Scult@Drake.edu To register for the course, please call the