An Unlikely Advocate

“[Judaism] has been assailed not alone with carnal weapons, with fire and sword, with expulsion and oppression, but also with spiritual weapons… Judaism has nevertheless preserved itself, has saved its eternal treasures, and not allowed itself to be dimmed; it has not permitted its belief in God to be disfigured by, and commingled with extraneous elements; it has… clung to the conviction that man has been invested by God with the power of free self-destination and self-ennoblement; that despite the sensual propensity innate in man’s nature, he is, at the same time, vested with the power of conquering it, to reach, by means of his own exertions, the goal of ennoblement and elevation.”

-Abraham Geiger, Judaism and its History, pp. 265-266

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