There have been many utopian economic and social visions in the Judeo-Christian tradition. There have also been many who argued that the principle of imitatio Dei as an important religious obligation. Yet a straightforward reading of the Hebrew Bible demonstrates that not only was there no utopia to begin with, but God was actually afraid that man would be like Him. In a similar manner, there are later Jewish views that understand the limits of human nature and nature itself as established. This dramatically affects the way in which understand human economic needs and social conditions.
Resident Research Fellow, The Tikvah Fund