Words for the Day

The finiteness of human freedom … is a finiteness which, apart from its emergence, is inherent in freedom itself. Human freedom is finite freedom, but … it is unconditional freedom, presupposing nought and only nought and no manner of thing, no-thing. It is thus freedom for volition, not, like God’s, freedom for action; it is free will, not free power. Human freedom in contrast to divine freedom is denied capability in its very origin, but its volition is as unconditional, as boundless, as the capacity of God.

Franz Rosenzweig, *The Star of Redemption,* translated by William W. Hallo from the 2nd edition of 1930, University of Notre Dame Press, 2014/1985, 66.

red line embellished

Image: Detail of an image of the stained glass work in Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem, Israel, “The Tribe of Levi,” Marc Chagall / CC BY-SA, via Wikimedia Commons

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