Del Mar, CA, June 13, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Join host Alex Tsakiris when he interviews Rabbi Rami Shapiro about his work, his writings and his creative views of Judaism, and contemporary American religious thought.
During the 45-minute interview, Rabbi Rami explores the difference between faith and belief, and explains why modern religion must remain grounded in what science has revealed: “If science can disprove some aspect of Judaism, then to hold on to it makes me, I guess, a loyal Jew, but a stupid human being... If my religion says that the world is flat, and I can show a photograph that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the world is round, but as a faithful person I’m going to hold onto the flatness of things, then yea, I’m a faithful idiot.”
He also offers a path forward for religion based on a letting go of that which science has proven to be false: “What’s left when you remove all the B.S.? Well, what’s left is hopefully the truth… If religions depends on clinging to things that we know aren’t true, from a scientific perspective, then what does that say about religion? That it is simply this passionate fear of letting go… So, I think that it’s great that we deconstruct this. I don’t think though, that deconstructing this stuff is the same thing as tossing it out.”
The interview is available for immediate free download at: www.skeptiko.com/index.php?id=26.
Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro is widely recognized as one of the most creative figures in contemporary American Judaism. An award-winning poet his prayers are included in worship services across the denominational spectrum of American congregations. In addition to his many books, Rabbi Rami is the author of a new column, Roadside Assistance for Your Spiritual Journey, in Spirituality & Health magazine.
Skeptiko is the first scientifically oriented Podcast exploring new research in controversial areas of science such as telepathy, psi, parapsychology, near-death experience, reincarnation, and after-life encounters. Each episode features open, honest debate on new scientific discoveries. The show includes interviews with top research scientists and their critics.