ATHEISTS AND MONOTHEISTS: UNITED AGAINST IDOLATRY?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.