Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Street Date: April 22, 2019
Item Number (DPCI): 247-64-2119
This book seeks to confront the challenge that science presents to the traditional pillars of Judaism. It identifies and analyzes a wide variety of issues, including some contemporary sacred cows. First, the book considers what is fact and what is fiction in the primary stories contained in Judaism's foundational texts. Then, drawing on Jewish ethical teachings, it seeks to determine how Judaism and science can inform each other with respect to a broad range of contemporary issues, from abortion and allergies to vaccinations and violence with firearms. Finally, it peeks into the future to address issues that Judaism and science are just now beginning to discuss, such as an exotheology for aliens on distant planets, a Jewdroid who seeks acceptance in a shul, and even the fate of the universe itself. When Judaism Meets Science addresses readers of all persuasions--regardless of denomination and whether a believer or not--as the author builds a case, with specific recommendations, for the value of a reality-based Judaism, one grounded on both traditional ethics and empirical evidence that can resonate with the educated adults of Israel. ""When Judaism Meets Science is a rare masterpiece of a book, the best of its kind, well researched, brilliantly argued, lucidly written, totally engrossing, and a model of moral and intellectual honesty. I consider it required reading for anyone intent on charting a course where religion and science must both have something to say--the kind of book that you think you have been waiting for all your life, and happily discover that the wait is over."" --Lawrence A. Hoffman, Professor Emeritus of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual, Hebrew Union College ""This potpourri of essays can be read one at a time and savored in any order. They discuss a broad array of different subjects, such as how to reconcile science and Torah, how Jewish wisdom can help us grapple with technological change, and Jewish moral insight into such issues as gun control and controlling substances that affect allergies. Each essay reflects Price's careful research, passionate analysis, and good sense. This book will stimulate your thinking and give hours of enjoyment."" --David A. Teutsch, Wiener Professor Emeritus, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College ""When Judaism Meets Science explores some of the most important and fascinating questions at the intersection of scientific thought and religious living. In a clear, engaging way, Roger Price helps break the myth that science and religion are inherently in conflict, and instead educates us on how we can find wisdom from both sources."" --Geoffrey A. Mitelman, Founding Director, Sinai and Synapses Roger Price is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Michigan. Since retirement, he has concentrated on writing for the Judaism and Science website, where he explores the interrelationship of Judaism and the physical, biological, and social sciences. In the broader Jewish community, Price has taught at Hevreh: A Community of Adult Jewish Learners, the URJ Summer Learning Institute, BJE Chicago's Kickstart, Limmud, and congregations around the country.