Tag Archives: Bible

Who Counts? We all do.

I normally don’t review children’s books, but this one’s a keeper. Who Counts? combines simple, direct storytelling with superb artwork and morally uplifting themes. Its authors, a rabbi and a professor of Jewish Studies, retell three of Jesus’ parables from … Continue reading

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God’s Silent Speech — and Ours

My latest blog post for The Jerusalem Post: What exactly is “the word of God?” And can it teach us about happiness and tolerance? Jewish Studies scholar Shaul Magid doesn’t address the second question in “The Word of God is … Continue reading

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Chaos and Creation, from Genesis to Today

My new blog post for The Jewish Journal: You might not expect it, but the very first words of the Torah explain how social change works. The most familiar English rendering is “In the beginning, God created the heavens and … Continue reading

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Prophetic Brains in a Vat

My latest blog post for The Jerusalem Post: “Brains in a vat”? It sounds like the plot of a bad science fiction movie. But it might hold a key to understanding prophetic insight. The basic idea was around even before … Continue reading

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Creation But Not Ex Nihilo

My latest blog post for The Jerusalem Post: How did the world get here? That question didn’t start with the ancient Israelites and it probably won’t end with us. Our scientific attempts to explain the origin of the universe are … Continue reading

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What Do You See?

My new blog post for The Times of Israel: Look at the ink blot. What do you see? The ink blot is used in what’s called a “Rorschach test.” The picture is supposed to be neutral, and not to look like … Continue reading

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Is It Reason or Revelation?

By N.S. Palmer Apart from goofy statements made by individual philosophers, philosophy has a pretty good reputation. It uses logic, cites evidence, and presents comprehensible arguments that you can accept or reject on their merits. On the other hand, religious revelation has … Continue reading

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