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

Hardcover |English |1580232523 | 9781580232524

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

Hardcover |English |1580232523 | 9781580232524
Overview
"...powerful tonic for someone who has felt split down the middle by science and religion. Nelson is a rabbi, not a physicist, but he has an elegant sense and subtle understanding of physical principles. He takes an unflinching look at the lessons that physics has taught us about the universe and then uses these ideas to inform a powerful understanding of God. Further, he uses these new metaphors for God and demonstrates how they can be interpreted in light of Judaism. His ideas reflect physical principles, which are based on the Big Bang, quantum mechanics, chaos theory fractals, special and general relativity and string theory. Question after question that I have often felt would be irreligious to ash given my scientific understanding of the universe, Nelson asks. The answers he proposes are fascinating and enlightening and rather than contracting the role of Judaism in one's life, they present new, more profound ways of thinking about it." --Jewish Book World"A feast.... Lucid and richly grounded in Judaism's texts and traditions, with proposals sufficiently provocative as to capture the attention of bench scientist and amateur theologian alike. A worthwhile read and a welcome new voice." --The Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson, chaplain of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island"This is undoubtedly the best and most stimulating Jewish book of 2005. For the last 100 years, science and religion have been enjoying an uneasy truce by defining their roles in such a way that no tension exists between the two spheres. Thus, science asserts it's vocation as the pursuit of knowledge about the universe in all its ramifications. Religion has defined its vocation as the moral quest for determining what is the basis for our insights into good and evil. These two hermetically scaled zones of inquiry have made possible an end to the warfare that began with Darwin's l85l publication of The Origin of the Species.Occasionally a book appears that looks boldly at science and declares that it is possible to create a synthesis between the two without sacrificing the integrity of each. Nelson's essay does precisely that, because it invites the Jewish and general reader to approach the cutting edge of today's scientific knowledge through the prismatic play of new religious metaphors." --Arnold Ages, The American Jewish World"Written with crystal clarity, modesty, charm, humor, and creative insight, but do not let that fool you! At its heart, this volume is a deep, challenging, and inspiring reflection on religious language which in turn enriches our religious experience.... Paves the way for all readers--even the traditional Jews who will be challenged and jolted by some of his views--to a deeper connection between humans and God." --Rabbi Irving Greenberg, president of the Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
ISBN: 1580232523
ISBN13: 9781580232524
Author: Rabbi David W. Nelson
Publisher: Jewish Lights
Format: Hardcover
PublicationDate: 2005-02-01
Language: English
Edition: 1
PageCount: 352
Dimensions: 6.0 x 0.88 x 9.0 inches
"...powerful tonic for someone who has felt split down the middle by science and religion. Nelson is a rabbi, not a physicist, but he has an elegant sense and subtle understanding of physical principles. He takes an unflinching look at the lessons that physics has taught us about the universe and then uses these ideas to inform a powerful understanding of God. Further, he uses these new metaphors for God and demonstrates how they can be interpreted in light of Judaism. His ideas reflect physical principles, which are based on the Big Bang, quantum mechanics, chaos theory fractals, special and general relativity and string theory. Question after question that I have often felt would be irreligious to ash given my scientific understanding of the universe, Nelson asks. The answers he proposes are fascinating and enlightening and rather than contracting the role of Judaism in one's life, they present new, more profound ways of thinking about it." --Jewish Book World"A feast.... Lucid and richly grounded in Judaism's texts and traditions, with proposals sufficiently provocative as to capture the attention of bench scientist and amateur theologian alike. A worthwhile read and a welcome new voice." --The Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson, chaplain of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island"This is undoubtedly the best and most stimulating Jewish book of 2005. For the last 100 years, science and religion have been enjoying an uneasy truce by defining their roles in such a way that no tension exists between the two spheres. Thus, science asserts it's vocation as the pursuit of knowledge about the universe in all its ramifications. Religion has defined its vocation as the moral quest for determining what is the basis for our insights into good and evil. These two hermetically scaled zones of inquiry have made possible an end to the warfare that began with Darwin's l85l publication of The Origin of the Species.Occasionally a book appears that looks boldly at science and declares that it is possible to create a synthesis between the two without sacrificing the integrity of each. Nelson's essay does precisely that, because it invites the Jewish and general reader to approach the cutting edge of today's scientific knowledge through the prismatic play of new religious metaphors." --Arnold Ages, The American Jewish World"Written with crystal clarity, modesty, charm, humor, and creative insight, but do not let that fool you! At its heart, this volume is a deep, challenging, and inspiring reflection on religious language which in turn enriches our religious experience.... Paves the way for all readers--even the traditional Jews who will be challenged and jolted by some of his views--to a deeper connection between humans and God." --Rabbi Irving Greenberg, president of the Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Overview
"...powerful tonic for someone who has felt split down the middle by science and religion. Nelson is a rabbi, not a physicist, but he has an elegant sense and subtle understanding of physical principles. He takes an unflinching look at the lessons that physics has taught us about the universe and then uses these ideas to inform a powerful understanding of God. Further, he uses these new metaphors for God and demonstrates how they can be interpreted in light of Judaism. His ideas reflect physical principles, which are based on the Big Bang, quantum mechanics, chaos theory fractals, special and general relativity and string theory. Question after question that I have often felt would be irreligious to ash given my scientific understanding of the universe, Nelson asks. The answers he proposes are fascinating and enlightening and rather than contracting the role of Judaism in one's life, they present new, more profound ways of thinking about it." --Jewish Book World"A feast.... Lucid and richly grounded in Judaism's texts and traditions, with proposals sufficiently provocative as to capture the attention of bench scientist and amateur theologian alike. A worthwhile read and a welcome new voice." --The Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson, chaplain of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island"This is undoubtedly the best and most stimulating Jewish book of 2005. For the last 100 years, science and religion have been enjoying an uneasy truce by defining their roles in such a way that no tension exists between the two spheres. Thus, science asserts it's vocation as the pursuit of knowledge about the universe in all its ramifications. Religion has defined its vocation as the moral quest for determining what is the basis for our insights into good and evil. These two hermetically scaled zones of inquiry have made possible an end to the warfare that began with Darwin's l85l publication of The Origin of the Species.Occasionally a book appears that looks boldly at science and declares that it is possible to create a synthesis between the two without sacrificing the integrity of each. Nelson's essay does precisely that, because it invites the Jewish and general reader to approach the cutting edge of today's scientific knowledge through the prismatic play of new religious metaphors." --Arnold Ages, The American Jewish World"Written with crystal clarity, modesty, charm, humor, and creative insight, but do not let that fool you! At its heart, this volume is a deep, challenging, and inspiring reflection on religious language which in turn enriches our religious experience.... Paves the way for all readers--even the traditional Jews who will be challenged and jolted by some of his views--to a deeper connection between humans and God." --Rabbi Irving Greenberg, president of the Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
ISBN: 1580232523
ISBN13: 9781580232524
Author: Rabbi David W. Nelson
Publisher: Jewish Lights
Format: Hardcover
PublicationDate: 2005-02-01
Language: English
Edition: 1
PageCount: 352
Dimensions: 6.0 x 0.88 x 9.0 inches
"...powerful tonic for someone who has felt split down the middle by science and religion. Nelson is a rabbi, not a physicist, but he has an elegant sense and subtle understanding of physical principles. He takes an unflinching look at the lessons that physics has taught us about the universe and then uses these ideas to inform a powerful understanding of God. Further, he uses these new metaphors for God and demonstrates how they can be interpreted in light of Judaism. His ideas reflect physical principles, which are based on the Big Bang, quantum mechanics, chaos theory fractals, special and general relativity and string theory. Question after question that I have often felt would be irreligious to ash given my scientific understanding of the universe, Nelson asks. The answers he proposes are fascinating and enlightening and rather than contracting the role of Judaism in one's life, they present new, more profound ways of thinking about it." --Jewish Book World"A feast.... Lucid and richly grounded in Judaism's texts and traditions, with proposals sufficiently provocative as to capture the attention of bench scientist and amateur theologian alike. A worthwhile read and a welcome new voice." --The Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson, chaplain of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island"This is undoubtedly the best and most stimulating Jewish book of 2005. For the last 100 years, science and religion have been enjoying an uneasy truce by defining their roles in such a way that no tension exists between the two spheres. Thus, science asserts it's vocation as the pursuit of knowledge about the universe in all its ramifications. Religion has defined its vocation as the moral quest for determining what is the basis for our insights into good and evil. These two hermetically scaled zones of inquiry have made possible an end to the warfare that began with Darwin's l85l publication of The Origin of the Species.Occasionally a book appears that looks boldly at science and declares that it is possible to create a synthesis between the two without sacrificing the integrity of each. Nelson's essay does precisely that, because it invites the Jewish and general reader to approach the cutting edge of today's scientific knowledge through the prismatic play of new religious metaphors." --Arnold Ages, The American Jewish World"Written with crystal clarity, modesty, charm, humor, and creative insight, but do not let that fool you! At its heart, this volume is a deep, challenging, and inspiring reflection on religious language which in turn enriches our religious experience.... Paves the way for all readers--even the traditional Jews who will be challenged and jolted by some of his views--to a deeper connection between humans and God." --Rabbi Irving Greenberg, president of the Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Shipping method varies depending on what is being shipped.  

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To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

Several types of goods are exempt from being returned. Perishable goods such as food, flowers, newspapers or magazines cannot be returned. We also do not accept products that are intimate or sanitary goods, hazardous materials, or flammable liquids or gases.

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  • Downloadable software products
  • Some health and personal care items

To complete your return, we require a tracking number, which shows the items which you already returned to us.
There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted (if applicable)

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If you need to return an item, please Contact Us with your order number and details about the product you would like to return. We will respond quickly with instructions for how to return items from your order.


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