Most people would agree that there is no empirical evidence for the existence of God. Some would suggest that this lack of empirical evidence is a barrier to religiosity, while others would assert that this is precisely one of the challenges that faith presents to its adherents: to believe in something without complete knowledge or understanding. A person of faith does not need evidence, facts, or data to affirm belief in a greater power. For centuries, theologians from Rambam to those of today have tried to bridge the divide between our religious beliefs and our empirical knowledge of the physical world. In this kick-off community conversation, a panel of B’nai Israel’s very own clergy and scientists will address the core issues at the heart of this discussion about science and religion. Panelists include Dr. Fredric Messing, Dr. Marni Hall, Rabbi Michael Safra, and Rabbi Cheryl Stone. Moderated by Rabbi Mitchell Berkowitz.
Dr. Marni Hall is a biomedical research scientist, professor, and former regulator that lives with a chronic and degenerative illness. Being Jewish helped her to become an innovative researcher. Dr. Fredric Messing is a former Associate Professor of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Messing serves as a congregational gabbai, reads Torah, leads services, and has pursued extensive independent study in Jewish text.