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Our Immoral Soul

A Manifesto of Spiritual Disobedience
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
February, 2014
ISBN:
9781570629242
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Our Immoral Soul is treatise on when and why to heed your soul’s transgressive instinct, with examples drawn from biblical history and Hasidic lore.

Rabbi Bonder turns a few conventional ideas on their heads as he identifies the forces at play in individual, social, and spiritual transformation. Many people believe that obedience to the established moral order leads to the well-being of society as well as the salvation of their souls. On the contrary, says Bonder, the human spirit is nourished by the impulse to betray and transgress the ways of the past. Even the Bible legitimizes our God-given urge to disobey in order to evolve, grow, and transcend.

It is this “immoral” soul of ours that impels us to do battle with God—and out of this clash, Bonder predicts, a new humanity will emerge. In the course of discussion, he examines a variety of intriguing issues touching on religion, science, and culture, including the findings of evolutionary psychology; the relation of body and soul; infidelity in marriage; the stereotype of Jew as traitor; sacrifice and redemption in Judaism and Christianity; and the Messiah as archetypal transgressor.

Religions will have predicted it. Psychoanalysis will have pointed to it. But it is biology that will discover the soul. Not a well-behaved soul but a deeply immoral soul.

This immoral soul is planted in the interstices of our primordial instructions. It is the tool through which information, chemistry, and the organism produce themselves. Semen of creation, perhaps this is the seed we so desperately seek to sow.

Publisher’s Description: 

A treatise on when and why to heed your soul's transgressive instinct, with examples drawn from biblical history and Hasidic lore.

Rabbi Bonder turns a few conventional ideas on their heads as he identifies the forces at play in individual, social, and spiritual transformation. Many people believe that obedience to the established moral order leads to the well-being of society as well as the salvation of their souls. On the contrary, says Bonder, the human spirit is nourished by the impulse to betray and transgress the ways of the past. Even the Bible legitimizes our God-given urge to disobey in order to evolve, grow, and transcend. It is this "immoral" soul of ours that impels us to do battle with God--and out of this clash, Bonder predicts, a new humanity will emerge. In the course of discussion, he examines a variety of intriguing issues touching on religion, science, and culture, including the findings of evolutionary psychology; the relation of body and soul; infidelity in marriage; the stereotype of Jew as traitor; sacrifice and redemption in Judaism and Christianity; and the Messiah as archetypal transgressor.

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