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In the previous post we looked at Rowan Williams’ contributions to the Science Faith discussion as Archbishop of Canterbury.  In this post we draw attention to the contributions of another major faith leader in the UK, that of Dr. Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth.  He also happens to be stepping down from his role this year and so it seems appropriate to draw attention to some of his interactions on these issues.

Here is a nice little video of Sacks interviewing three prominent non-believing scientists (including Richard Dawkins) to see if they would agree that Science and Faith can have some kind of partnership.

He has recently published a book on the subject  (paperback came out in 2012): The Great Partnership: God, Science and the Search for Meaning.  This looks like an interesting and worthwhile read that I hope to get around to at some point.

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In relation to the book here are also a link to an audio of a lecture given at Princeton, a recording of a conversation with Norman Swan, and a video recording of a conversation with Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy.

I read this today on the bus home, kind of sums up were I’m at right now:

“As a Scientist, your goals are to make exciting discoveries, to change the way your colleagues and maybe even the public at large view the world, and generally to improve people’s lives.  However, need I remind you, you will remain a human being, with human needs, even while you are pushing back the frontiers of ignorance.  No matter how romantically you view your role in research, you will not be happy without a secure, well-paid job.”

This is a quote from “A PhD Is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science” by Peter J. Feibelman.  It’s a great little book that I would recommend to anyone wishing to enter (or is starting out in) the field of Scientific research.  It covers career advice from graduate school to tenure track, tips for job hunting, presentations, and paper writing.  An easy read, blunt, honesty, and to the point, it’s full of useful snippets of frank advice and information.

… according to a new book by Renovare.  The list was composed by Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Phyllis Tickle, and Chris Webb among others.  Here is their list:

1.  On the Incarnation  by St. Athanasius
2.  Confessions  by St. Augustine
3.  The Sayings of the Desert Fathers
4.  The Rule of St. Benedict  by St. Benedict
5.  The Divine Comedy  by Dante Alighieri
6.  The Cloud of Unknowing  by Anonymous
7.  Revelations of Divine Love (Showings)  by Julian of Norwich
8.  The Imitation of Christ  by Thomas à Kempis
9.  The Philokalia
10.  Institutes of the Christian Religion  by John Calvin
11.  The Interior Castle  by St. Teresa of Avila
12.  Dark Night of the Soul  by St. John of the Cross
13.  Pensées  by Blaise Pascal
14.  The Pilgrim’s Progress  by John Bunyan
15.  The Practice of the Presence of God  by Brother Lawrence
16.  A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life  by William Law
17.  The Way of a Pilgrim  by Unknown Author
18.  The Brothers Karamazov  by Fyodor Dostoevsky
19.  Orthodoxy  by G. K. Chesterton
20.  The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins
21.  The Cost of Discipleship  by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
22.  A Testament of Devotion  by Thomas R. Kelly
23.  The Seven Storey Mountain  by Thomas Merton
24.  Mere Christianity  by C. S. Lewis
25.  The Return of the Prodigal Son  by Henri J. M. Nouwen

Ok, so I’m not doing very well, I’ve read The Imitation of Christ and The Brothers Karamazov (both of which are brilliant by the way) and half of The Pilgrim’s Progress (I got bored so gave up!) and I’ve possibly read some or all of Mere Christianity.  Some of these I haven’t even heard of before – The Philokalia anyone.