The Great Partnership by Jonathan Sacks
Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning

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...his book is illuminating, and sometimes genuinely moving, because of the erudition and the warm personality with which he unscrolls his credo.
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***National Jewish Book Awards 2012, Finalist***
Dorot Foundation Award for Modern Jewish Thought and Experience

An impassioned, erudite, thoroughly researched, and beautifully reasoned book from one of the most admired religious thinkers of our time that 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, mocking, ridiculing, caricaturing, 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. We need scientific explanation to understand nature. We need meaning to understand human behavior. 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.

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About Jonathan Sacks

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Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks is admired by non-Jews as well as Jews, by secular as well as religious thinkers, and is equally at home in the university and the yeshiva. A well-known writer and broadcaster, he has authored 18 books including Radical Then, Radical Now, The Dignity of Difference and, most recently, FUTURE TENSE.
Published September 11, 2012 by Schocken. 385 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Ian Marcus Corbin on Sep 21 2012

...his book is illuminating, and sometimes genuinely moving, because of the erudition and the warm personality with which he unscrolls his credo.

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