In a day and age of functionality and productivity, where is the need for beauty or connection? And more importantly, how does Judaism fill that need?
What is awe? And where do we find it on Yom Kippur? And why?
How would our religious perspective change if we discovered life on other planets?
David Borger Germann examines how the brain registers awe, and how we can bring this feeling to everyday experience, suffusing life with new interest and meaning.
Human confidence in what we think we know for certain almost always involves hope in things unseen.
It is hard to be handed a 508 million year old fossil from the Burgess Shale and not realize that our problems and ideas are fairly small and short-lived.
We shouldn’t stop consulting traditional world maps, with their borders and demarcations. But we could probably all benefit from a glance at the Pale Blue Dot map, too.
Awe often leads both theists and non-theists to seek order and structure.
If we can approach our level of knowledge with humility and openness, we can discover more about ourselves and our world.
If transcendence can help us become better people, then not only science, but religion, can add something to the conversation, as well.