Fireside Chat: God and Science, Reason and Faith


March 18, 2015 - 8:00pm


Upper West Side

Come join the Kehilat Hadar community for a fireside chat with Rabbi David Nelson to explore our relationship with God through the lens of modern science. We'll learn from Rabbi Nelson and discuss the topic in a local community member's home in a casual atmosphere over snacks and drinks.

The event will take place on Wednesday, March 18 from 8-9:30 PM on the Upper West Side.

Email Adin Nelson at to sign up and receive exact location info (or with any questions). Only a few spaces remain for this program, so please sign up right away!


Full Description:
"Believing in God without sacrificing rationality and logic"
Traditional religion often seems to require that we suspend our commitment to rational, scientific thought when we contemplate God. Rabbi David Nelson (Professor of Religion and Jewish Chaplain at Bard College) objects to this suspension, and has written two books in an attempt to find a way around it. The first, Judaism, Physics and God: Searching for Sacred Metaphors in a Post-Einstein World (2005) explores the possibility of developing new God-metaphors from the language of modern physics. The second, The Emergence of God: A Rationalist Jewish Exploration of Divine Consciousness (forthcoming, 2015) uses cognitive science and a model of human consciousness to explore how God might be conscious. David will present a brief overview of his work and invite discussion of the issues surrounding the intersection between Jewish thought and scientific thought.

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