Content by Dr. Peter R. Saulson
Rather than considering the world’s imperfections the finished result of a botched creation, we should think of them as how it feels to live during an ongoing process.
At the core of our Jewish tradition stands a powerful bulwark against a temptation to insist that creation really took just six days, six thousand years ago.
How have thinkers from Bergson and Einstein to Heschel reconciled that sensation of the flow of consciousness with the frozen spacetime picture?
Envisioning both aspects of the world invites us to regard it in two directions, not only “downward” toward mechanistic explanation, but also “upward” toward our finest aspirations.