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Judaism, Physics and God: Searching for Sacred Metaphors in a Post-Einstein World

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Hear the Voices of Ancient Wisdom in the Modern Language of Science

"Ancient traditions, whose only claim to authenticity is that they are old, run the risk of becoming old-fashioned. But if an ancient tradition can claim to be not only ancient but also timeless and contemporary, it has a far greater chance of convincing each new, young generation of its value. Such a clai
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Jewish Lights Publishing (first published 2005)
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Jeffrey Cohan
Mar 04, 2017 Jeffrey Cohan rated it liked it
Shelves: judaism, physics
This book is at times very interesting, but, in the end, unsatisfying.

“Judaism, Physics and God” is a different approach to reconciling science and religion.

Rather than (futilely) attempting to prove that science and the Bible are actually consistent with each, as so many other authors have done, Rabbi Nelson proposes an equally futile alternative: Rewriting Jewish theology to fit the latest theories in physics.

This undertaking, while interesting to consider, is flawed from the outset: Religio
Oct 13, 2008 Mattie rated it really liked it
The central task of the book is contemplating modern physics and whether it can provide modern metaphors for ways of thinking about God, particularly in the context of Judaism. Although I imagine that contemplating God as the Big Bang or a "fractal ... shaped impersonal creative structure of the physical universe" is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, for me, these metaphors actually do provide a compelling and spiritually fulfilling way to think about the nature of God and the universe.

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Feb 18, 2015 Ethan rated it liked it
Shelves: atheist, science
I was frankly not impressed with this book. The book is well written, and scientifically accurate, but it represents nothing more than a series of attempts to twist Jewish liturgy into metaphors and allegory for current understanding of the universe. Rather than making traditional Jewish thought more relevant to a modern sensibility, the book has the effect of showing how devoid of meaning the tradition can be. If you can twist the "Shema", for instance, into a pretzel-shaped metaphor of the Big ...more
Jul 17, 2013 Yona rated it it was ok
Posits some interesting ideas, but doesn't quite get the religion or the science right at times. He admits to not being a scientific expert. Many holes.
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