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Atheist responds to open letter

Rabbi Adam Jacobs
Rabbi Adam Jacobs
Aish Center


  • Anonymous 5 years ago

    Well done.

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    Hugh Kramer 5 years ago

    “I am open to the idea that religion isn’t inherently bad”

    I'm not. If you regard truth and factual accuracy as important, anything that requires faith as its basis isn't going to be good. I believe in the scientific method as the most accurate means of understanding the world around us but my "faith" in it is only as strong as the evidence supporting that premise.

  • Ben Tousey 5 years ago

    "So before space there would be no time and thus to ask what came before the Big Bang would be akin to asking what is south of the south pole."

    What's south of the South Pole? North. Since we live on a globe, we can only walk so far south before we're doing north again.

    Ironically, though, we are the ones defining these terms. South is a word we use to describe a place.. both generic and specific. As far as the Universe is concerned, it's irrelevant. There appears to be no up or down as far as the universe is concerned. The Big Bang is a word we use to describe an observation. Rabbi Jacobs assumes that his "language" is his evidence. Rather than observe, he creates a story and then tries to defend it.

  • David Taylor 5 years ago

    "The South" is not a Carolina or a Dakota. It's a man-made reference to a direction along an axis. If one walks to the end of our geological South Pole - and keeps walking - that is the opposite direction. Your description suggests North and South alternate when walking in a straight line - there's a challenge for navigation.

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    Staks Rosch 5 years ago

    That's actually a quote form Stephen Hawking. The point is that there is no south of the south pole because that is the limit of what south is. In other words, there is no before the big bang because that is the limit of what time is.

  • Chris D 5 years ago

    You're little behind the times on your multiverse theory. To question what happened before the big bang is a thoroughly legitimate question, and is not so easily dismissed.

    Just because something happened outside the light cone of our universe, does not make it non-sensical to ponder. Just because the concepts and laws of our universe rule the way we measure time and space, does not mean there are no higher spaces in existence.

    There's a lot of very serious thought given over to the nature of what formed the big bang, and it's not going to stop for a while.

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    Staks Rosch 5 years ago

    And it shouldn't stop, but we also shouldn't assume there is actually an answer either. Hawking is the one who made the analogy to the South Pole and he is also the the main person working on M-Theory.

  • quedula 5 years ago

    Excellent clear response Staks.

    Now I'm going to read the other one you link to :)

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    Camels With Hammers 5 years ago

    <blockquote>The Jews were never slaves in Egypt and this religious lie has demonized the Egyptian people for long enough and given the Jewish people a persecution complex which has become self-fulfilling.</blockquote>

    Self-fulfilling persecution complex. This sounds like some horrid victim blaming, Staks.

    And I find your accusation that the rabbi sided with Hitler in his article to be a bewildering, slanderous misrepresentation of what he said. I skipped these disquieting passages when quoting other, better portions of your text on my blog today, but wanted to register my dissatisfaction with these irresponsible and borderline anti-semitic remarks.

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    Staks Rosch 5 years ago

    There is no doubt that the Jews have been persecuted (and in some places still are persecuted), but the mindset of many Jews has been that they have always been persecuted and always will be persecuted. This is what I am talking about. Like I said, I spend a significant portion of my life as a Jew (religiously) and by some standards will always be considered a Jew (ethnically). So if I am anti-semetic, then I really must hate myself. My twisted logic with regard to Hitler was a mirror of the type of logic the Rabbi was using. It was meant to be sarcastic.

  • sashan 5 years ago

    Good work - I like how you used Adam Jacobs original reasoning process in the 1st paragraph to show that there are no true theists.

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