Recognizing the various intersections between science and religion, our culminating conversation is an opportunity to digest what has been learned throughout the course of the series, and then reflect back to the community the various ways in which we can learn and grow as modern, educated Jews, informed by science and inspired by faith. To do this, we will hear from David DeSteno, professor of psychology and author of How God Works.
Scientists are beginning to discover what believers have known for a long time: the rewards that a religious life can provide. For millennia, people have turned to priests and rabbis, imams, and shamans to help them deal with issues of grief and loss, birth and death, morality and meaning. In this absorbing work, renowned research psychologist David DeSteno reveals how numerous religious practices from around the world improve emotional and physical health. Cosponsored by the L.I.F.E. Lecture Series.
This event is part of B’nai Israel’s program with Scientists in Synagogues, Illuminating the World: The Intersections of Jewish Law and Science. Louis Pasteur said, “Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.” As a Jewish community, we are grounded by our ethical obligations to all of humankind, which are rooted in our Torah and sacred writings, compelling us to bring to our congregation and the Greater Washington community conversations that explore the intersections between our Jewish values and the theories and practices of modern science.
For information about upcoming programs and events visit www.bnaiisraelcong.org/scientists. This project is part of an international program entitled “Scientists in Synagogues,” a grass-roots initiative run by Sinai and Synapses in consultation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, and funded by the John Templeton Foundation, along with other individual donors.