21st Century Spirituality — The GOD Problem
Judaism for Atheists, Divine Doubters, Spiritual Seekers & Befuddled Believers
Join our Chevrah table, sitting alongside commentators past and present, as we explore the weekly portion through the prism of God questions calling from the text. Bringing your God-problems to the Torah-table, our dialogue might lead to the Divine.
Shabbat Mornings, 9-10:20 AM in the Axelrod Chapel, led by Rabbi Jeff Sirkman
GOD-BLOCKS [4th Friday SHABBAT Service Feature]
Exploring Prayer-Impediments, Religious Roadblocks and Questions of Faith
Fridays, 8PM Service with discussion led by the Rabbis & Cantor
RADICAL ISLAM - A DIFFERENT KIND OF GOD
A 4 session course taught by Ze’ev Aviezer
April 9, 16, 23, 30 at 7:30 PM
LEARN about a terrified Muhammad’s 7th century A.D. encounter with the angel Gabriel and how that fateful night in the Arabian Peninsula gave birth to Islam.
UNDERSTAND why the 13th century overrunning of Islamic territories spawned the fatwas that serve as the ideological basis for 21st century radical Islamist movements.
READ the texts of an Egyptian Islamic pedagogue, whose studies at a small education college in Colorado in the 1940s, served as an inspiration for the texts that serve as the guiding lights of today’s jihadists.
BECOME familiar with the greater than life Islamist personalities, whose writings provide explanations for the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS and Al-Qaeda phenomenon.
LEARN who exactly was responsible for the assassination of Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat and who befriended and radicalized Osama Bin Laden.
You will be able to definitively ANSWER the question, “Is the Islamic religion the cause of today’s terror attacks?”
Professor Stephen Prothero, PhD
He will be our guest at the following…
Chevrah Torah: Saturday, April 18, 9 AM
Brotherhood Breakfast: Sunday, April 19, 10 AM
Renowned Religion Scholar, Professor Prothero, will join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion on religion.
“Pretending that the world’s religions are the same does not make our world safer…it makes our world more dangerous.”
Prof. Prothero is a proponent of basic literacy about the world’s religions as part of the college curriculum. He has written: “Whether liberals or conservatives, believers or non-believers—we Americans need to learn about evangelicalism and Islam for ourselves, to see what the Bible says about family values, homosexuality, war, and capital punishment, and to be aware of what Islam says about those things, too.
“Each of the world’s great religions has wrestled for centuries with the foundational questions of life and death and whatever (if anything) lies beyond…But we as a nation are forgetting those hard-won theologies…”
A recent survey found that only half of American adults can identify one of the four Gospels. Most cannot name the first book of the Bible. A significant number believe Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife. Prof. Prothero believes we cannot be “ignorant of the ancient creeds, stories and rituals that continue to motivate the beliefs and behaviors of the overwhelming majority of the world’s population.”
Prof. Prothero will borrow from his two most recent books “God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter” and “Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know—And Doesn’t” for his presentations. Prof. Prothero received his BA from Yale: American Studies and PhD from Harvard: Study of Religion.
You’ve heard Prof. Rebecca Goldstein & Prof. Stephen Prothero...Now learn what YOU had to say!
THE GOD SURVEY BREAKFAST SCHMOOZE DISCUSSION
SUNDAY, MAY 3, 10 AM
Share in breakout groups, process results and what your answers mean.
Led by Rabbi Sirkman & Rabbi Miller