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The Times - United Kingdom | 03/09/2010

Jonathan Sacks on the co-existence of science and religion

The British physicist Stephen Hawking has caused a stir with his new book The Grand Design, in which he argues that the creation of the universe needed no divine designer. High Rabbi Jonathan Sacks writes in the conservative daily The Times that it is wrong for modern science to exclude the possibility of God's existence: "There is a difference between science and religion. Science is about explanation. Religion is about interpretation. Science takes things apart to see how they work. Religion puts things together to see what they mean. ... It is important for us to understand the misinterpretation Professor Hawking has made, because the mutual hostility between religion and science is one of the curses of our age, and is damaging to religion and science in equal measure. ... But there is more to wisdom than science. It cannot tell us why we are here or how we should live. Science masquerading as religion is as unseemly as religion masquerading as science."

The Times - United Kingdom | 27/01/2009

Jonathan Sacks on the significance of Holocaust Memorial Day

Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, reflects on the significance of the National Holocaust Memorial Day: "Such a day might be valuable to all of us, Jew and non-Jew alike, were two conditions satisfied. The first was that, without diminishing the uniqueness of the Holocaust, we might use it to highlight other tragedies: Bosnia, Cambodia, Rwanda and now Darfur. The second was that the day was taken into schools. For it is our children and grandchildren who must carry the fight for tolerance into the future, and we must make sure that they recognise the first steps along the path to Hell. ... Grief has the power to unite. Of the 6,000 languages spoken throughout the world today, only one is truly universal: the language of tears. And now, when the tectonic plates on which humanity stands are shifting, leading to violence, conflict and terror throughout the world, we must take a stand against hate - the theme of this year's commemoration. Never in my lifetime have we needed that message more. ... Anti-Semitism is only a small part of the problem. Instantaneous global communication ensures that conflicts anywhere can light fuses everywhere. The internet is the most powerful spreader of hate and paranoia invented. ... We cannot change the past. We can, and must, change the future. For the sake of the victims, for the sake of our children, and for the sake of God, whose image we bear."

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