Audio Roundup 2021 1:2

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by Joel Rich

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Listened to an interesting podcast with a Jewish leader describing a meeting with a Saudi cleric. The cleric was describing an Islam education embracing secular knowledge. The leader mentioned YU and modern orthodoxy. The cleric didn’t want to use the term modern Islam. Me – Chochma bagoyim taamin. The branding of modern/centrist….. has been a real handicap in branding for those who think this approach is torah true as they shake in the presence of the dvar hashem.

Robert Pennock (see here
makes the case for preferring intrinsic (vs. extrinsic) rewards as the driver for scientists (seeking truth for truth’s sake). IIUC he also makes the case that The Scientific Method can’t prove (or disprove) the existence of a deity.
Me – How would different segments of orthodoxy view this claim of non-provability? How do you view it?

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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent local lecturer on various Torah topics in West Orange, NJ and supports his Torah listening habits by working as a consulting actuary.

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