Why Faith Matters
Why Faith Matters is an articulate defense of religion in America. It makes the case for faith and shows its relationship to history and science. Refuting the cold reason of atheists and the hatred of fanatics with a vision of religion informed by faith, love, and understanding, Rabbi David J. Wolpe follows in a literary tradition that stretches from Cardinal Newman to C....more
That's not to say he isn't a smart man, but he certainly doesn't compare to Hitchens in terms of intellectual rigor and literary verve. Coming in at under 200 pages, Wolpe is really on ...more
In that sense, the book matched my expectations: Wolpe's Jewish faith is a definitely a philosophy that leads to good in this world. But as the book claims to be a response to the critics of religion, one can expect more than beautiful stories and anecdotes. Un ...more
The writing itself is horribly, terribly amateur. If this was intentional, it was deplorable. MAKE me spring for a dictionary as a result of you selecting a perfect wording or phrasing to sell a point.
Speaking of points, no new ground is covered her, and ...more
That said, it seems directed toward a niche reader and would have benefited from more of the personal anecdotes (whi ...more
Lots of interesting quotes from Einstein, Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould, Paul Tillich, Hitchens, Browning.
I suspect, in part, this may simply have to do with the audience Wolpe has in mind. The book, while smart, seems to be wri ...more
I am a spiritual person, but I find organized religion a bit much to take. I agreed with many of his comments, especially when he spoke of religion being used by some more as an extension of who they are than anything else.
When I do visit a church, the one I've chosen to attend is an exemplary version of spiritual community. I rarely stay after the ser ...more
Wolpe has a very gentle way of approaching certain issues, although while he refers to the major monotheistic religions, one can feel that he has a ...more
While I'm not sure he won the debate (can you ever?) and he sure as heck didn't change my mind on the subject (can you ever?) he was very very sweet man and pleasure to meet.