Religion, Redemption and Revolution

The New Speech Thinking of Franz Rosenzweig and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

Religion, Redemption, and Revolution closely examines the intertwined intellectual development of one of the most important Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century, Franz Rosenzweig, and his friend, the Christian sociologist Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy. The first major work to address the work of both men in almost fifty years, the book provides a significant reinterpretation of Rosenzweig’s writings based a thorough investigation of the two friends’ shared insights, including their critique of modern Western philosophy and their novel conception of speech.

This ground-breaking book provides a detailed examination of their “new speech thinking,” a model grounded in the faith traditions of Judaism and Christianity. Cristaudo contrasts their work with the radical liberalism that has dominated social theory for the last fifty years and provides powerful arguments for the continued relevance of both men’s work in navigating the religious, social, and political conflicts we now face.

University of Toronto Press, 2012. Hardbound, 624 pages.