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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 claim
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Jewish Lights Publishing (first published 2005)
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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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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
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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