The Idolatry of Dogmas

Man has often made a god out of a dogma, a graven image which he worshiped, to which he prayed. He would rather believe in dogmas than in God, serving them not for the sake of heaven but for the sake of a creed, the diminutive of faith. A creed is almost all a poor man has. Skin for skin, he will give his life for all that he has. Yes, he may be ready to take other people’s lives, if they refuse to share his tenets.

Heschel “Man is Not Alone” 169.


“In the realm of the spirit only he who is able to be a pioneer is able to be an heir.”

Heschel Ibid 164

Author: Matthew Zachary Gindin

Freelance journalist and teacher. I write regularly for the Forward, All That In Interesting, and the Jewish Independent, and have been published in Religion Dispatches, Situate Magazine, Elephant Journal, and elsewhere.

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