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Past EventsMonday, March 1

Collette Hassan Evening: Defining a Moral Compass for the 21st Century?

Susan Neiman
Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Jonathan Sacks and Susan Neiman outlined their visions for addressing the ethical challenges, both religious and secular, confronting us in the 21st century.

In Moral Clarity : A Guide for Grown-up Idealists, Susan Neiman reclaims the secular moral values of the enlightenment as the mature route to social justice, free from the ideologies and orthodoxies that attract so many. 

In his latest book, Future Tense, Jonathan Sacks claims that religion and morality are inextricable – religion representing the best of what it means to be human.

Is Susan Neiman too idealistic about the possibility of attaining a transcendent morality, independent of religion?  Does Jonathan Sacks exaggerate the role religion plays in moral conduct?

This was a discussion that was both exciting and contentious.

Susan Neiman is Director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam and has taught at both Yale and Tel Aviv universities. She has written memoirs of her Jewish upbringing and articles for the New York Times, as well works of scholarship. Her latest book is Moral ClarityA Guide for Grown Up Idealists

 

Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has been Principal of Jews’ College and is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television. A prolific writer, drawing on his philosophical background, as well as his Judaism, his latest book is Future Tense: A vision for Jews and Judaism in the Global Culture. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2009.

 

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