Design for Living

Regard, Concern, Service, and Love

By Robert Friedmann

Edited by Maxwell Kennel

Foreword by Leonard Gross

Design for Living

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  • Publication Date: 11/29/2017
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Design for Living

Regard, Concern, Service, and Love

By Robert Friedmann

Edited by Maxwell Kennel

Foreword by Leonard Gross

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  • Pages: 200
  • Publication Date: 11/29/2017
  • Retail Price: $25.00
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About-

Written in 1954 but unpublished in his lifetime, Robert Friedmann’s Design for Living asks that pertinent existential question: how should we live? Drawing on literary, philosophical, and theological sources, Friedmann’s answer begins with a critique of utilitarian ethics and popular apathy, and proceeds through an existential preparation that ascends in confessional style to the question of the meaning of human life, culminating in a fourfold set of principles: regard, concern, service, and love. Along the way, Friedmann’s critical eye remains clearly fixed on his object of study—lived experience, and not abstract principles detached from day-to-day life—and he intentionally guides his reader step by step up the mountain of spiritual and ethical inquiry in a deliberate and serious attempt to educate the heart, mind, and soul. At once accessible and scholarly, while troubling our contemporary divide between religion and the secular, Design for Living presents a rare vision of human meaning and purpose that will appeal to scholarly and public readers alike.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Friedmann writes lucidly, with a free-flowing style and above all with keen and empathetic discernment as a man who has cut for himself a broad swath of life, has drunk deeply at its richest sources, and overlooks the highest peaks of human aspiration as well as its illusions and pitfalls.”

—Clarence Bauman (1928–1995), Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary



Design for Living addresses the essentials of life itself, communicated on each page by the author’s distinctive and profound voice. Although he proceeds philosophically, Friedmann dares to address the limitations of his own discipline, touching on those rare instances of in-breaking love, the living nature of which transcends human reason.”

—Leonard Gross, Executive Director emeritus, Mennonite Church Historical Committee



“This book could have been called ‘The Educated Heart’ (the title of chapter 1), which Friedmann calls the singular topic of his work. That would gesture more fully at the existential and spiritual impetus of this ‘secular’ work by a philosophical historian, influenced by the Anabaptists, who identified himself as ‘a Jew who sides with Christ.’ Education of the heart is now as ever what it is ‘all about,’ and Friedmann’s work helps show us why. Kudos to Max Kennel for bringing this work into the public domain.

—P. Travis Kroeker, Professor of Religious Studies, McMaster University



“Friedmann tried to avoid direct references to Anabaptist core values because he thought they would be inappropriate for a philosophy course in a secular institution. The result is an argument for those values that is conducted using mostly secular language and drawing many of its illustrations from a range of secular writers and thinkers (including Emerson, Ibsen, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Beethoven). In a couple of key instances, Friedmann does appeal to religion. Only those open to the divine, he says, will appreciate the full savor of his ideas. But in no case that I could discover does he depend upon specifically Christian assumptions. This is a strength of the book. It argues for an approach to ethics that should appeal to any person of faith, as well as to many people without explicit religious belief who recognize the sanctity and dignity of human life. - Mennonite Life Vol. 72 (2018)

Contributors-

Robert Friedmann
Maxwell Kennel
Leonard Gross

Bio(s)-

Robert Friedmann (1891–1970) was a Mennonite historian known for his work in Mennonite Piety Through the Centuries (1949), Hutterite Studies (1961), and The Theology of Anabaptism (1973). He taught at Goshen College and Western Michigan University.



Maxwell Kennel is a doctoral student in religious studies at McMaster University.

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