Just finished watching ‘Rosh Hashanah: Science vs Religion’, British Lord and Chief Rabbi interviews 3 Atheists including Prof. Richard Dawkins about the conflict between religion and science. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mqvmv
When Eke told me, I didn’t get the title, why? Because Rosh Hoshanah is a biblical feast that points towards the returning Messiah, what does that have to do with science??? I think we can find the answer in the conclusion of the program.
I found the emphasis and focus of the program to be in subtly persuading people to take a middle stance ground, Lord Sacks stated that he didn’t believe that the Abraham and Isaac story or Moses and the burning bush stories were ‘real’ but parables to show us and guide us on how to live well. Lord Sacks emphasised morality and consciousness as key areas that religion has to offer accepting that science tells us how the universe was created but religion tells us why.
So what does this have to do with Rosh Hoshanah? According to Messianic faith and the writings of Paul, each biblical feast is a foreshadow of the Messiah, so why link a biblical feast with science? Rosh Hoshanah specifically relates to the return of the Messiah or Second coming, this being the case what would be the effect of marrying a religious perspective which denies the validity and reality of the Bible and focuses only on morality and consciousness with scientific perspectives which deny the existence of God and focus on empirical evidence? What type of society would Christ return to if such thought patterns were to reign? One of humanistic religion or moral atheism, I think this is a blurring of the lines which Christ referred to in Revelation where He said that:
“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.’ ”
- Chief Rabbi to debate science and faith with Dawkins (thejc.com)
- Science and Religion: Friend or Foe? (truthmattersblog.wordpress.com)
- Lord Sacks resigns from interfaith charity (thejc.com)