Following Elie Jesner's superb and challenging Honest Theology lectures last year, Elie continues his novel approach to examining self, religion and society with a new series:- Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Nourishing Virtues - Exploring The Civilising Process "We value virtue but do not discuss it. The honest bookkeeper, the faithful wife, the earnest scholar get little of our attention compared to the embezzler, the tramp, the cheat." - John ... Continue Reading ➨
The Honest Theology Project
Can we make meaning out of Creation? Does revelation have relevance? Should we abandon providence? Can we talk truthfully about God?
Friends of LouisJacobs.org is excited to announce the launch of a new series of educational events, aimed at re-invigorating religious discussion in our communities.
True to the spirit of Louis Jacobs, the aim is to plumb the depths of our traditions with both respect and rigour, believing them to be a significant source of wisdom for the modern age.
The project is inspired by a need to strengthen the intellectual dimension of religious life. Whilst communal practice and ethical conduct are to be celebrated, there is a sense in which there needs to be an intellectual foundation upon which to build a strong and enduring religious culture.
Some have abandoned this cause, perhaps feeling the obstacles to be insurmountable. Others have shied away, afraid of what serious investigation might make of their faith claims. But we believe that rich rewards await those who can skilfully walk this tightrope, and hope to catalyse this process through bringing together the best religious minds of our times.
Religious Education - What should we be teaching our children? We conclude the series with perhaps the most practical and vital question of all - what are we trying to pass on to our children? Which values, ideas and stories should we be filling their impressionable minds with? At what ages can different ideas be introduced? What is the balance between school and family life, between textual knowledge and experiential immersion? What do we want ... Continue Reading ➨
Sexuality in Jewish thought - Is there a Jewish sexual ethic? These videos are of the fifth lecture in the series held on Sunday, 18th September 2016 Main lecture Q & A Session Religion often exists in an antagonistic relationship to sexuality, but Judaism has always tried to resist this. Placing family and procreation as one of its core values has brought some sense of sanctity into the bedroom, but it has not always been ... Continue Reading ➨
Living with Israel - Can Judaism Survive a Return to Zion? These videos are of the fourth lecture in the series held on 17th April 2016 Main lecture Q & A Session Scattered across the four corners of the earth for centuries, Judaism became in many ways a timeless religion. The birth of Zionism, however, suddenly thrust it back into the realm of history. It unleashed powerful messianic sentiments, hitherto repressed, and ... Continue Reading ➨
Why might we keep halakha? These videos are of the third lecture in the series held on 7th February 2016 Main lecture Q & A Session Whatever our theological perspective, Jewish life has been largely shaped by some form of adherence to the halakha, to Jewish observance. What sort of shape might such a commitment take in today’s world, and how can it be justified? What are the psychological risks and benefits of adherence to ... Continue Reading ➨
What Is God? These videos are of the second lecture in the series held on 22nd November 2015 Main lecture Q & A Session What sort of a thing is God? God is often described as a myth, an archetype or a fantasy. Sometimes She is intimately involved in our lives, other times He is distant and disinterested. Is God more than simply ‘false consciousness’, the ‘opiate of the masses’ or the ‘universal neurosis’? Does God interact ... Continue Reading ➨
Introduced by Ivor Jacobs ELIE JESNER Simon Eder’s* Summary and Response to Elie Jesner’s Opening Lecture in the Honest Theology Project I remember vividly the late Rabbi Jacobs once paraphrasing GK Chesterton – “the good thing about being in hot water is that you stay clean”. It was certainly in this spirit that “the Quest” – the initiative of The Friends of Louis Jacobs, was begun at JW3 in mid-July! Read full article ... Continue Reading ➨