From German scholar Martin Buber comes one of the most important books of Western theology and a landmark work of 20th-century intellectual history.
Considered to be one of the most important books of Western theology since its original publication in 1923, Martin Buber's slender volume I and Thou
influenced the way theologians, philosophers, and laymen think about the meaning of the relationship between human life and God. Heavily influenced by the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Buber unites the proto-existentialist currents of modern German thought with the Judeo-Christian tradition, powerfully updating faith for modern times. I and Thou
is Martin Buber's seminal work and the centerpiece of his groundbreaking philosophy. In it, Buber--one of the greatest Jewish minds of the 20th century--lays out a view of the world in which human beings can enter into relationships using their innermost and whole being to form true partnerships (an I-Thou
attitude). These deep forms of rapport contrast with those that sprang from the Industrial Revolution, namely the treatment of others as objects for our use (an I-It
attitude). Buber demonstrates how these interhuman meetings are a reflection of the human meeting with God. For Buber, the essence of biblical religion consists in the fact that--regardless of the infinite abyss between them--a dialogue between man and God is possible.