Science and Jewish religious tradition share the conviction that the world and the actions of human beings matter.
The reason why so many liberal Jews are feeling so torn about what is happening in Israel right now — two of our foundational beliefs are in conflict.
As someone who loves both religion and science, I often struggle with how they interact. Are they in opposition to each other? Do they need to be reconciled? What happens when new scientific knowledge challenges the tenets of my faith?
While some people think of science and religion as being inherently in conflict, I think it’s because they tend to define “religion” as “blind acceptance and complete certainty about silly, superstitious fantasies.” Quite honestly, if that’s what religion really was, I wouldn’t be religious! In fact, it’s not “religion” in general, but that particular definition of religion that is so often in conflict with science. Instead, my experience with Judaism has been that it embraces science quite easily. So why is that?