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The Creativity of Wonder

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 04.26.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

"Wonder" is one of the easiest ways we can enhance the conversation between religion and science.

Why Children Make the Best Philosophers

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 02.11.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Children are inherently philosophers. They want to understand the world, and constantly ask the question of "Why?" So perhaps if we can ask questions in the way first-graders do, we can break down so many of the barriers and false dichotomies in the world today.

How Television (and Plays) Can Change the Religion/Science Discussion

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Can drama change the way we talk about religion and science? A fan of "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" and a former theater professional believe so. As pa...

The Mysterious Nature of Love and Truth

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Our brains and our hearts are what guide our lives. Our brains help us learn and seek the truth, while our hearts allow us to connect to one other. ...

It's Not About Science or Religion -- It's About Being Human

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

The most important finding was that the common refrain that "religious people don't embrace science" is simply not true

Science, Religion and the Moral Arc: An Interview With Michael Shermer

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Michael Shermer thinks so. Shermer is the editor of Skeptic magazine, and has long been a strong advocate for science and rational thinking, since they are the best ways we have for understanding the way the world works.

How Do Jews View Science?

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

So that's the first challenge for the Jewish community when it comes to science -- while the Christian community grapples with how to embrace science, the Jewish community has to figure out how to relate to Judaism.

Technology, Communication and Religion

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

No matter one's feelings about the interaction of religion and technology, religion is being pushed, cajoled, uplifted, and profoundly changed by the technological advances of our time and merits greater study.

Christianity, Science and the Search for Truth

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

In the public square, Christianity and science are often presented as opposing sources of truth: If you believe in one, then you must reject the other. But in fact, many Christians find that science helps them search for truth and understanding, and believe that reason, thoughtfulness and critical inquiry are gifts from God.