The Universalist Tradition

  • Alan Brill


Over the centuries, many Jewish thinkers have embraced a universal approach in which the universalism of the prophets is joined with the philosophic monotheism of the Middle Ages. They accept a universal truth available to all humanity beyond, but not against, revelation. In a universal truth there is no need to refer to Judaism as the single truth; rather all knowledge is grounded in a higher divine knowledge, or a unified sense of rationality, or the natural abilities of the mind and soul. This approach, at times, blurs the line between religion and philosophy or between religion and ethics. However, religiously universalists remain close to the inclusivists in that everything is grounded in the teachings of Judaism.


Universal Truth Theological Seminary Precious Stone Natural Religion Jewish Philosopher 
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