Congregation Beth Shalom – Chevra Shas continues its lecture series entitled Bridging the Gap Between Science and Religion from physicist Dr. Peter Saulson. Dr. Saulson is the Martin A. Pomerantz ’37 Professor of Physics, at Syracuse University. He was one of the founders of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory project (or LIGO), which discovered colliding black holes in 2015. That discovery was recognized with the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Do you believe in God? If not, who is the God that you don’t believe in? In asking, I’m pointing out the role of our assumptions when posing the most profound questions of existence.

The 20th century theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel suggested a new understanding of how God relates to the rest of existence, opening up the possibility that, in the 21st century, science and religion might not be in constant tension. Instead, we can hope that the two kinds of human thought might harmoniously support one another.

This seminar series is part of Scientists in Synagogues, run by Sinai and Synapses in consultation with the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, and funded by the John Templeton Foundation.