Impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned, "The Great Partnership" argues not only that science and religion are compatible, but that they complement each other--and that the world needs both.
"Atheism deserves better than the new atheists," states Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, "whose methodology consists of criticizing religion without understanding it, quoting texts without contexts, taking exceptions as the rule, confusing folk belief with reflective theology, abusing, ridiculing, and demonizing religious faith and holding it responsible for the great crimes against humanity. Religion has done harm; I acknowledge that. But the cure for bad religion is good religion, not no religion, just as the cure for bad science is good science, not the abandonment of science."
Rabbi Sacks's counterargument is that religion and science are the two essential perspectives that allow us to see the universe in its three-dimensional depth. Science teaches us where we come from. Religion explains to us why we are here. Science is the search for explanation. Religion is the search for meaning. There have been times when religion tried to dominate science. And there have been times, including our own, when it is believed that we can learn all we need to know about meaning and relationships through biochemistry, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology. In this fascinating look at the interdependence of religion and science, Rabbi Sacks explains why both views are tragically wrong.
â€œThe Great Partnership is illuminating and sometimes genuinely moving, because of the erudition and the warm personality with which Rabbi Sacks unrolls his credo. . . . It makes a persuasive case that the bloody rhetorical war between â€˜scienceâ€™ and â€˜religionâ€™ is not just unnecessary; it is foolish. . . . A humane, learned cri de coeur.â€ â€”The Wall Street Journal
â€œThere is a warm, accessible scholarship about Rabbi Sacks; itâ€™s easy to see why he is such a popular sage. The Great Partnership will only burnish this reputation. After several years in which the new atheistsâ€”Dawkins, Hitchens, Hawkingâ€”have made all the running, Sacks offers an intelligent, optimistic credo that allows for the happy coexistence of science and religion. . . . For those people who know that science is right but still want to believe, this cake-and-eat-it argument is made with erudition, scholarship, and charm.â€ â€”The Times (London)
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