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JDS 396SEM Science and Politics in Jewish Thought


What is the relationship between science and religion? Is science true and religion merely a myth? How does the relationship between the two affect the structure of human societies? A group of contemporary critics of religion, known as the "New Atheists," such as Christopher Hitchens, Charles Dawkins and Sam Harris, present a scathing and harsh attack on traditional religious doctrines and beliefs seeking to liberate the public sphere from the influence of religion. This course will seek to explore some of the major players in this debate in the Jewish tradition throughout the last thousand years. Topics to be discussed include prophecy, rationality of the commandments, ethics, providence, election, God, creation, dogmas and the meaning of life.

Credits: 3
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Requisites: Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing and completion of Communication Literacy 1 or completion of Writing Skills 1 (ENG 101 or placement into ENG 201)
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Published: Jan 30, 2023 11:04:21