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Why You Should Be Religious: A Conversation with Rabbi Zohar Atkins

October 25, 2023 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

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Join Rabbi Zohar Atkins and Zachary Davis for a conversation about choosing religion in an age of disbelief and dechurching.

Why be religious in our irreligious age? Because, according to Rabbi Zohar Atkins:

  • The good life is a thoughtful one.
  • Expertise is not the same as wisdom.
  • Study is an end in itself.
  • The life of the mind needs a home other than academia.
  • Abstract questions have existential import.
  • Reverence and skepticism are both needed.
  • Paradoxes can set us free.

So whether you’re Mormon or Muslim, Buddhist or Baháʼí, the religious life can lead to life-affirming commitments and perspectives that can lead us out of the empty sloshing of our liquid modernity.

About Zohar Atkins

Zohar Atkins is the Founder of Etz Hasadeh, a Center for Existential Torah. He is a Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.

He holds a DPhil in Theology from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and semikha from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He received both an MA and BA from Brown University. In 2016, The Jewish Week named him one of the “36 under 36 Changemakers in Jewish Life.”

About Zachary Davis

Zachary Davis is the Executive Director of Faith Matters and the Editor of Wayfare Magazine. He is also the founder and principal of Lyceum, an educational media studio, and the host and executive producer of the podcasts Writ Large, Ministry of Ideas, Making Meaning and Illuminations. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife, Mariya and their three children.

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October 25, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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