Science Isn’t Just “How,” Religion Isn’t Just “Why”

Science Isn’t Just “How,” Religion Isn’t Just “Why”

Many people try to hold religion and science together by giving them consistent, opposing roles, such as asking “how” and “why” questions, respectively. But always viewing them through these lenses does a disservice to both disciplines. As part of an all-day workshop on June 27, 2018 with the 2018-2019 cohort of Scientists in Synagogues, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson gave a talk on the surprisingly similar forces that drive science and religion, and how they expand the range of our inquiry.

Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson holds the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. He is the Vice President of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Rabbi Artson has long been a passionate advocate for social justice, human dignity, diversity and inclusion. He wrote a book on Jewish teachings on war, peace and nuclear annihilation the late 80’s, became a leading voice for LGBTQ marriage and ordination in the 90’s, and has published and spoken widely on environmental ethics, special needs inclusion, racial and economic justice, cultural and religious dialogue and cooperation, and working for a secure and just peace for Israel in the Middle East. A member of the philosophy department, he is particularly interested in theology, ethics and the integration of science and religion. He is the author of 12 books and over 250 articles, including “Renewing the Process of Creation: An Integration of Jewish Science and Spirit.”

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