Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders

by Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)
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Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders
Training 80 Youth Encounter Leaders

Project Report | Mar 16, 2017
Science - Circle of Light and Hope

By Dr. Yehuda Stolov | Executive Director

Science: Sunday October 9, 2017

This was a very well-attended meeting with several new people that we held at Tantur in Jerusalem. We started by introducing each other and mentioning that Taleb and I are both avid fossil collectors (I am just an amateur but he is a professor of Paleontology.) So in fact it was our love of science that was one of the things that brought us together. I started off by mentioning the potential conflict between two sources of truth: revelation and and reason/science, and suggested that this is only a problem for those who believe that both are Divine – anyone who accepts only one as the final authority has no conflict. But the dominant trend in jewish thinking has been to affirm that if one understands both correctly then they cannot be opposed. Traditional Jews do believe that the text of the Torah is inerrant, but that doesn’t mean that it is trying to teach us science as such. Maurene mentioned the famous comment of Rashi that the text of Genesis doesn’t intend to teach us the exact order of creation; if it did, it would have used a different word. Ra’anan me ntioned the verse “A thousand years are as one day in Your sight” as proof that days in the creation narrative don’t need to be understood as 14-hour days; thus opening a possibility for belief in both the Bible and evolution.  Meesh mentioned that in her experience, yeshiva students are not taught about dinosaurs, which is rather sad, as it means that some teachers think that their belief in Torah contradicts the findings of modern science; Ra’anan pointed out that the Torah in many places speaks of taninim, a type of sea monster, which were created before human beings.

In Islam, there are tensions – similar to those in Judaism - between those believers who see science as a threat to true belief and those who view it as an alternate path to discover truth.  In fact Islam has a tremendous record of scientific discovery and of incorporating scientific knowledge; to a very great extent, it was Islamic scholarship which preserved a great deal of knowledge and promoted scientfiic inquiry during the middle ages when it was suppressed in Europe. Taleb cited a saying of the prophet Mohammed: “Anyone can say ‘I know’ until he says ‘I know everything.’  Once though someone says that, he is considered to be a fool and illiterate. In other words, we must be open, both in matters of faith and matters of science, to knowing that there may be a great deal that we don’t know.  Mohammed also says: “Everything you know is like a finger in the ocean” – it is a tiny percentage of the whole truth. We all agreed that we should approach both science and faith fearlessly but also with tremendous humility.

In short, this was one of our more cerebral meetings, but it was very fascinated and engendered much spirited discussion!

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Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

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Dr. Yehuda Stolov
Executive Director
Jerusalem , Israel

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