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Jewish Faith and Modern Science: On the Death and Rebirth of Jewish Philosophyby Norbert Max Samuelson
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In Jewish Faith and Modern Science, renowned Jewish philosopher and rabbi Norbert Samuelson argues that modern Jewish philosophy has died ”that it has failed to address the challenges to traditional beliefs posed by scientific advances, and is therefore no longer relevant to Jews today. Samuelson confronts these challenges head-on, critically reflecting on how all of the forms of contemporary Judaism, from orthodox to liberal to secular to new age, can address questions raised by the latest scientific advances. Considering questions ranging from the existence of the soul, to the relationship between God and particle physics, to the debate over when life begins and ends, Samuelson paves the way for a rebirth of Jewish philosophy applicable to life in the modern world.
Jewish Faith and Modern Science address fundamental questions facing many contemporary Jews, including the relevance of traditional beliefs for Jews who are increasingly secular and liberal, and how recent advances in science affect conventional Jewish philosophy. Samuelson assesses the current state of Jewish thought and suggests how it...
About the Author
Norbert M. Samuelson is Grossman Chair of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University.
Table of Contents
Misunderstanding physics and astronomy — Misunderstanding linguistics and epistemology — Misunderstanding psychology — Misunderstanding medicine — Misunderstanding history — Interpreting creation : God, the world, and the physical sciences — Interpreting redemption : the world, humanity, and the human sciences — Interpreting revelation : humanity, God, and Jewish history.
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