Sacks vs. Dawkins

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of England, came to visit Kemp Mill Synagogue this past Shabbat as a visiting scholar. I’ve never heard him speak but had read his book The Great Partnership, about religion’s relationship with science.

I had no epiphanies reading this book, but it did reinforce my own thoughts about how I relate to both rationality and religion. Essentially, Sacks’ position is that religion and science don’t contradict each other, nor do they support each other’s claims. Rather they belong to two distinct spheres, both answering different, yet valid questions. Science asks how, religion asks why. Sacks addresses this issue quite eloquently. Continue reading “Sacks vs. Dawkins”