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The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning

God, Science and the Search for Meaning


Writing with his usual grace and fluency, Jonathan Sacks moves beyond the tired arguments of militant atheists such as Dawkins and Hitchens, to explore how religion has always played a valuable part in human culture and far from being dismissed as redundant, must be allowed to temper and develop scientific understanding in order for us to be fully human.

Ranging around the world to draw comparisons from different cultures, and delving deep into the history of language and of western civilisation, Jonathan Sacks shows how the predominance of science-oriented thinking is embedded deeply even in our religious understanding, and calls on us to recognise the centrality of relationship to true religion, and thus to see how this core value of relationship is essential if we are to avoid the natural tendency for science to rule our lives rather than fulfilling its promise to set us free.


‘The most persuasive argument for religious belief I have read.’ (Andrew Marr, BBC Radio 4 Start the Week 2011-10-17)

‘An intelligent, optimistic credo that allows for the happy coexistence of science and religion’ (The Times 2011-06-18)

‘One of the most engaging thinkers of our time’ (The Times 2011-06-18)

‘Britain’s most authentically prophetic voice’ (The Daily Telegraph 2011-06-18)

‘Jonathan Sacks’s voice carries unique moral authority far beyond the Jewish community’ (The Tablet 2011-06-18)