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Martin Buber’s life and work is thoroughly examined in this
handy and readable book. It is part of the classic Makers of the
Modern Theological Mind series, recently made available again
with new paperback cover designs.
“Because Martin Buber lived, there is more love in the world than there
would have been without him. And for him that was the reason above
all others for the gift of life.”—New York Times
The writings of the Jewish religious thinker, Martin Buber
(1878–1965), have had a significant influence on a number of
Christian theologians. In this overview, Stephen Panko provides a
penetrating insight into the many facets of Buber and his work.
Buber’s idea of true life as relation was expressed in his famous
book I and Thou, in which he asserted that we can only become
a personal “I” when we treat others, nature, and God as a “Thou”
rather than an impersonal “it.” Buber’s work became widely known
in Christian circles and his concept of “I-Thou” relationships was
adopted by Christian theologians Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Rudolf
Bultmann, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Friedrich Gogarten among
The Makers of the Modern Theological Mind series remains a must read
for anyone eager to understand these theologians and their
impact on today’s church.