"God Interrupted is a disciplinary miracle, a union of history, philosophy, and theology into a new form of illumination. Lazier is a sure-footed guide through the thought of Hans Jonas, Leo Strauss, and Gershom Scholem, three of the twentieth century's most intrepid explorers of the relationship between faith and reason. He is also a profoundly original thinker who teaches us how to ask their basic questions about the relationship between man, God, and the universe in ways appropriate to our own de-secularizing age. As lucid as it is lyrical, this marvelous book is essential reading for anyone concerned with the choices that seem to confront us today, between political science or political theology, liberalism or theocracy, reason or revelation."--David Nirenberg, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago

"Benjamin Lazier makes a compelling case, in lucid and lively style, for the centrality of gnosticism and pantheism in European thought between the two wars and for decades afterward. This book will establish him as a major authority in modern intellectual history."--Robert Alter, University of California, Berkeley

"God Interrupted is a work of an unusual talent. The analysis is brilliant; virtually each page sparkles with novel insights."--Paul Mendes-Flohr, University of Chicago Divinity School

"This is a fascinating and highly original look at the return in interwar German-Jewish thought of certain heretical tendencies of the Jewish past. In part a study of political theology, in part a study of 'modern heresy,' Lazier's book exhibits a capaciousness and creativity that will no doubt transform the way we think about the place of religion in modern intellectual history."--Peter Gordon, Harvard University

"God Interrupted tells a fascinating story about three Weimar Jewish intellectuals--Hans Jonas, Leo Strauss, and Gershom Scholem--and their significance for understanding the trope of heresy in interwar Europe. This has the potential to be the most important book on theology in Weimar Germany."--Leora Batnitzky, Princeton University