Between Heaven and Earth  

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"The naked truth, the 'nuda veritas', is the whorish bride of the barbarian. Culture begins at the exact moment when something is to be hidden, in other words, with an awareness of.' --Werfel's Theologumena (Franz Werfel's “Theologumena” (1944/45))

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Between Heaven and Earth () is a collection of writings by Franz Werfel translated by Maxim Newmark

"Franz Werfel, the celebrated Austrian novelist and playwright, died in 1945- His later work increasingly asserted the need of Christian faith and the present volume develops the case for the verities of religious experience. The first half of the book consists of three essays composed during the 1930s; the remainder, a series of notes and thoughts entitled ‘Theologoumena’, was written in the United States during the recent war. The book is a plea for a spiritual comprehension of things, the third essay giving the principal reasons — psychological, moral and aesthetic — why ‘faith in God appears necessary and unavoidable’. (234-2) [1]

It features:

  • Of man's true happiness --
  • Realism and inwardness --
  • Can we live without faith in God? --
  • Theologoumena ( On the mystery of incarnation ; On the sacredness of property ; A few words on sin ; On seeing God ; On Christ and Israel ; Profane addenda).

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