By Solomon Schimmel
In an age while non secular discourse is ruled through extremists on the earth of fundamentalism, Solomon Schimmel has the braveness to elevate vital questions concerning the way forward for Western faith. As a Jew who studied in an Israeli yeshiva and graduated from an Ivy League collage, I comprehend the necessity for spiritual Jews to come back to phrases with problems with religion and problems with the old realizing of Judaism's holy texts. As a lecturer in South Florida on Jewish subject matters and the origins of Western faith, i have to stability my love for my Jewish culture with my correct to inquire and ask questions as a considering man or woman. Schimmel bargains us wish that faith don't need to be the foe of fact. i feel and that i think, as a result i'm.
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In the absence of such a scale, however, it seems 40 | the tenacity of unreasonable beliefs to me, for example, that belief in the existence of God is more plausible (or less implausible) than belief in the speciﬁc claim that God revealed the Pentateuch to Moses in the thirteenth century bce, in the Sinai wilderness, and hence that the laws, narratives, values, language, and so forth of the Pentateuch are of divine origin. This is why I am focusing on the implausibility of belief in TMS rather than on the belief in God, as I examine the tenacity of unreasonable beliefs.
After all, these Orthodox scientists and scholars are committed to empirically based, scientiﬁc and scholarly methods of examining and accounting for evidence. They apply rigorous logic and criteria for plausibility in their professional ﬁelds. Yet when it comes to TMS versus MSPM, they seem unable or unwilling to acknowledge the implausibility of their belief. There are three separate explicit assertions in TMS: (1) divine authorship of the Pentateuch, (2) the Pentateuch is a unitary rather than a composite work, and (3) the Pentateuch was revealed around the thirteenth century bce.
Hence those descriptions of God cannot be understood literally. Maimonides devotes a major part of his theological/ philosophical The Guide of the Perplexed to explaining how anthropomorphic biblical descriptions of God should be understood ﬁguratively so that they can conform to his philosophical conception of God’s incorporeality. Notwithstanding the hundreds or thousands of corporeal descriptions of God in the Bible and in postbiblical rabbinic literature, Maimonides considers the person who believes that God is corporeal to be a heretic.
The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth by Solomon Schimmel