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You Might Not Be Interested in China, But China Is Interested in You

In September of 2019, I was invited to a gathering of Jewish Joe Biden supporters. Rather than ask about Israel, the Iran deal, or frankly anything else Jewish, I asked Biden about China.


Modern readers often have difficulty relating to biblical polemics against idolatry. Idolatry just doesn’t seem to be a problem for us. But in his book In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism, Scott A. Shay argues that the Bible’s stand against idolatry is still as important as ever.

Can American Jews get their groove back?

Unlike their Israeli counterparts, non-Orthodox millennial American Jews do not embrace the call to be fruitful and multiply. Our community is scheduled to lose almost one-third of its strength by the next generation.

Book Review: Getting Our Godliness Back

I spent the holidays with Scott Shay, banker extraordinaire, visionary Jewish community leader, provocative author – and truth seeker. True, he was in Manhattan while I was in Jerusalem. And we’ve actually only met three times. But his latest book, In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism, is so personal and accessible that while reading it, you feel you’re communing with him – and Him!

In Good Faith: Ques­tion­ing Reli­gion and Atheism

At the heart of In Good Faith: Ques­tion­ing Reli­gion and Athe­ism is the endur­ing ques­tion of the val­ue of liv­ing a reli­gious life. The book begins over a sushi din­ner, when Scott Shay’s busi­ness acquain­tance, a self-pro­claimed athe­ist, ridicules belief in God and places sci­en­tif­ic progress as our guide­post for improv­ing the world.

Book Review: ‘In Good Faith’

CHULA VISTA, California — Often the greatest critics of religion offer us a series of criticism about the depth of our faith; they confront us with our hypocrisy.

A Contrarian’s View of the Uses, and Abuses, of Free Speech

Most citizens in the United States take the First Amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech as a source of patriotic pride. We have been taught that all speech is protected. Bad speech is overcome with good speech. No matter how much harm speech inflicts, when the First Amendment is in question, the Supreme Court feels it is its duty to defend all speech.

One God, No God, Idolatry, and More: A Conversation with Author Scott Shay

Scott A. Shay, founder of Signature Bank, is an entrepreneur, thought leader, Jewish community activist, and author of two books: Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry and In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism, a National Jewish Book Award finalist and voted one of the best books of 2018 by Mosaic Authors. I sat down with Scott to talk about bridging the divide between atheists and believers.

Book Review: ‘In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism’

Scott A. Shay’s new book explores the arguments and rational reasons to believe in God.

The Case For Belief In A Skeptical World

On the first page of his new 559-page book, Scott Shay tells the story of a life-changing lunch he shared with a business acquaintance in 2013.

The Best Books of 2018, Chosen by Mosaic Authors

To mark the close of 2018, we asked a handful of our writers to name the best two or three books they read this year, and briefly to explain their choices. Their answers appear below in alphabetical order.

The Fed’s Libor Replacement Would Shackle Small Banks

The Federal Reserve’s “solution” for one big problem risks creating another. The task force it convened to study reference rates—the interest-rate benchmarks used to determine rates throughout the economy—aims to impose a new standard to replace the London interbank offered rate, which is due to expire in 2021.

Hong Kong protests: It’s monotheism, stupid

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party domination of China, Chairman Xi Jinping, adorned in a Mao suit, rode in an open-top armored Hongqi Limo. The ceremony he presided over as the guest of honor began with a monumental musical concert, followed by a gargantuan civilian-military parade, and culminating in his rousing speech.

In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism by Scott A. Shay

Religion can be both inspiring and distressing. And many critiques of it are simultaneously compelling and dubious. Shay examines atheist arguments with a refreshing modern eye in this comprehensive look at our most fundamental questions about faith and reason.

The Best Counter to Ever-Aggressive Atheism

It is not news that the Catholic Church is in crisis. It’s a crisis that seemed to unfold in slow motion but is excruciatingly acute. For years the number of young people leaving the Church has been rising.

A Chance To Ask Rabbis Tough Questions

Have you ever wondered how your rabbi would respond to what’s the most difficult commandment in the Torah to deal with, or why Jews should attend synagogue or what represents idolatry today?