Embracing Science: A Reconstructionist Vision for the Twenty-First Century

By George B. Driesen

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), Spring 2000

This piece explores the intersection between science and religion, in terms of the relationship between Reconstructionism and its views on scientific endeavors. The piece highlights how classical Reconstructionism held science in high regard, but in the recent editing of God the Life of Nature, passages are omitted that refer to the importance of science metaphorically. The author outlines the historical changes in the view of science as well as the evolution of Reconstructionism which moved from an early rejection of supernaturalism and acceptance of modern science to a general silence on the issue altogether. The author concludes by advocating for a heightened awareness of the imagination, rigorous discipline and dedication to truth as hallmarks of science and as an inspiration for everyone to live fruitful and ethical lives.

Topic: Morality, History, Faith, Ethics, Science, Reconstructionist Judaism, Belief

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 64/No. 2

Page Number(s): 67-76

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Driesen, George B. Embracing Science: A Reconstructionist Vision for the Twenty-First Century. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA),Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Spring 2000: 67-76. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4934


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