“No Jew worthy of the name gives up hope”

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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35694507

Former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth Lord Sacks has been awarded the Templeton Prize, worth over £1m, in recognition of his contribution to the spiritual dimension to life.

Lord Sacks, 67, a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4, does not believe science and religion live in opposition to one another – rather that “science takes things apart to see how they work. Religion puts things together to see what they mean.”

In a secular age, Lord Sacks has been credited with leading a revitalisation of Britain’s Jewish community during his service as Chief Rabbi from 1991 to 2013, and urging Britain’s Jews to share the ethics of their faith with the broader community.

He promotes respect for all faiths, and argues that recognising the values of each faith is the only way to combat successfully the global rise of violence being committed in God’s name.

“Religion, or more precisely, religions, should have a voice in the public conversation within the societies of the West, as to how to live, how to construct a social order, how to enhance human dignity, honour human life, and indeed protect life as a whole,” he said.

“Each religion, and each strand within each religion, will have to undertake this work, because if religion is not part of the solution it will assuredly be a large part of the problem as voices become ever more strident, and religious extremists ever more violent.”

His most recent book, Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence, examines the causes and the possible solutions for extremist interpretations of faith. For many years, he says, people thought religion and the spiritual “would wither and die, and we’d all end up being secular or atheist or agnostic”.

So why hasn’t it?

“There are three questions any reflective individual will ask in the course of a lifetime: Who am I? Why am I here? How, then, shall I live?” he says.

“Those questions can’t be answered by science or resolved by technology, or dealt with by market economics and the liberal democratic state. They’re questions about meaning – and ultimately they are religious questions.”

I ask him whether – in a lifetime of study and teaching – he has come to any answers on the biggest questions, and he laughs.

“I’m about to simplify what is probably the most complex subject in the universe: that the God who created the universe in love and forgiveness asks us to love and forgive others.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Sacks

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“There are three questions any reflective individual will ask in the course of a lifetime: Who am I? Why am I here? How, then, shall I live?” he says.”

religion does give us a foundation for a “moral” society..it also has the capacity to bring horror, death, pain and violence and turn countries upside down..

He promotes respect for all faiths, and argues that recognising the values of each faith is the only way to combat successfully the global rise of violence being committed in God’s name. Religion, or more precisely, religions, should have a voice in the public conversation within the societies of the West, as to how to live, how to construct a social order, how to enhance human dignity, honour human life, and indeed protect life as a whole,” he said.”

he just got a cool million to play with..spend it wisely..

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~ by seeker401 on March 7, 2016.

One Response to ““No Jew worthy of the name gives up hope””

  1. Friend,
    That only works if we confront the issue of doctrinally ingrained hostility in Islam. Islam is DIFFERENT in a big way.
    This must be addressed socially by creating dialogue far and wide, because many Muslims are lied to by their teachers who airbrush Islam and Muhammad and lie to them.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/06/obama_quotes_verse_532_omits_5.html

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