Friday, August 26, 2011

"Judaism: Religion of Reason" One book, Two book-reviews

I wrote 2 reviews of founder's new book "Judaism: Religion of Reason."

Here is a link to my review of the book on JewishBoston.
And here is a link to a different review I wrote for Jewschool.



  1. In both of your reviews, you reference your belief in science--in one, you mention your "blind-ish faith in scientific method" as one criterion for establishing truth. I find it interesting that you are talking about truth in a scientific, logical way, and I'm wondering whether this is something that describes your general approach toward truth, or something that you focus on in particular in these reviews as a contrast to the author's description of the "Religion of Reason."

    In other words, is scientific-method-type thought the sole way of accurately understanding "the good" (as you have been writing about in previous blog posts)?

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  3. Definitely not! You'll notice that I pretty much ignore science (knowing very little about it) in my posts, focusing more on my own lived experience and reflections on life. Pretty sure I think of the good from a general "pragmatic" (whatever works for you and whoever else is involved/affected) standpoint.

    Anyhow, I don't think I have much of a developed (=thought-through) approach to truth. Nice try though--- I'm guessing this is the same "anonymous" who wanted me to describe the appropriate balance b/w the individual and the collective (June 5th)?