by Rabbi Gordon Tucker, Temple Israel Center of White Plains
In the fall, I led a course for high school students to read, discuss and study issues related to science and religion. They all read excerpts of Krista Tippett’s book Einstein’s God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit.
And over the course of the semester, we read and discussed the words of a lot of contemporary scientists, talking about such things as the relationship between body and mind, body and soul, the relationship between evolution and religious traditions, the limits of mathematics and science, and many other topics.
I was interested to know from all of these students whether and how the experience of doing this with their peers has changed, perhaps challenged, their views on science and religion, which are often seen to be antagonistic to one another.
So here are our teenagers, sharing about the effects of this class, and how it influenced them.
This post is part of Sinai and Synapses’ project Scientists in Synagogues, a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science.