The plan is to divide the book into two parts. Part One will be a lengthy overview of the entire topic, similar to the lecture on this topic that I have delivered at many synagogues. It will include a brief synopsis of the topics in part two, as well as a brief review of the of issues discussed in Menachem Kellner’s important work Maimonides' Confrontation with Mysticism.
Part Two, Studies in Rationalist Judaism, will contain in-depth treatments of various subtopics. Some of these I have already e-published as monographs, while some are yet to be written. I plan to introduce each of them with an explanation of its relationship to the overall topic. Here is the list of chapters planned for this section:
- The Revolution in Approaching the Sages and Science: The Sun's Path at Night
- Maharal's Multiple Revolutions in Aggadic Scholarship
- Sod Hashem Liyreyav - When God Reveals His Scientific Secrets
- Messianic Wonders and Skeptical Rationalists
- The Sages' Powers of Life and Death (written but not published)
- Wrestling with Demons
- The Evolution of the Olive - perhaps including some supplementary material
- Angry Birds: The Nature of Shiluach haKein
- What Can One Do for Someone who has Passed Away?
- How did the Avos keep the Torah? (An expansion of this post, not yet written)
- Brain Death and Organ Donation (written but not published)
- The Transformation of Torah (Probably the most important and provocative chapter, documenting how the mitzvah of learning Torah has changed over the centuries, with all kinds of ramifications. It will be an expansion of several blog posts on this topic.)
- The Nature of Nature and Providence (Similar to my discussion of this topic in The Challenge Of Creation)
(This book will not include my monographs about the development of orthodoxy and the evolution of charedism. Those will hopefully appear in a future volume about Orthodoxy, as yet untitled. That volume will also include detailed studies of the topics of rabbinic authority, yeshivah study versus IDF service, and studying Torah versus working for a living. It probably won't be on sale at the Agudah convention.)
I would welcome suggestions regarding what material to include (and not to include!) in the book.