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Adam Frank

Adam Frank

Since 2001,  the best seller list has seen a rash of books by “evangelical atheists” whose critque of religion, often based on science, leaves little room for a nuanced understanding of what faith, spiritual practice or religious identity could be.

Liberal clergy have given sermon after sermon explaining their side of the story. Rabbi David Wolpe, a well known congregational rabbi in Los Angeles, has held public debates with Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens.

A new book(January, 2009) promises to move past some of that “debate.” Written by Adam Frank, an astrophysicist at the University of Rochester, The Constant Fire has been garnering superb reviews.

Publishers’ Weekly  began its review this way…

Heavens be praised: here is a scientist who respects religion and relates it to the same impulse that drives scientific inquiry—an aspiration to the true and the real. Astrophysicist Frank is a lover of the skies with sufficient experience of awe to understand there’s more than one way to tell the truth.


To get a feel for Adam Frank, check out his blog http://theconstantfire.blogspot.com/ where you can get a sense of his style and his character. Frank writes

The whole point, as far as I can tell, of an authentic spiritual longing is to live in accordance with a call to compassion and honesty. So what is up with the ham-fisted certainty that clubs dissent or dismisses it with a wave of the hand? The hardest thing we have to face… is the sense that we know for sure, that we know with absolute certainty. It kills the creativity that lives in the moment. It kills the options that we may need to face the challenges we face. And, all too often, it simply leads to killing.

This is a scientist with a mission!

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Rabbi Dayle Friedman

Rabbi Dayle Friedman

Rabbi Dayle Friedman, the Director of Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College,  will participate in a fascinating program Religious Perspectives on Aging, to be held at WHYY Philadelphia at 7 pm on Thursday,  February 19.  The multi-faith panel will be moderated by psychologist, author and public radio host, Dr. Dan Gottlieb. For more information click here.

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