Why Faith MattersBook - 2008
A response to atheism by a prominent rabbi traces his struggles with faith throughout a battle with cancer, in a non-denominational guide that draws on the literary traditions of such writers as C. S. Lewis and Thomas Merton while outlining a vision of religion informed by love and understanding. 50,000 first printing.
In Why Faith Matters, Rabbi David J. Wolpe blends the powerful personal story of his struggles with his own faith with a poignant response to the new atheists that reveals just how important faith in modern society. With a foreword by Rick Warren, New York Times bestselling author of The Purpose Driven Life, Why Faith Matters is an articulate and much-needed nondenominational defense of established religion in America by the man Newsweek magazine named the #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America.
This articulate defense of religion in America makes the case for faith and shows its relationship to history and science. Refuting the cold reason of the atheists and the hatred of the fanatics with a vision of religion informed by faith, love, and understanding, Rabbi Wolpe follows in a literary tradition that stretches from Cardinal Newman to C. S. Lewis to Thomas Merton--all individuals of faith who brought religion and culture together in their own works. Drawing on the personal and powerful story of his battle with cancer, Wolpe offers a moving statement in support of religion today. In a response to the new atheists, Wolpe takes readers through the origins and nature of faith, the role of the Bible in modern life, and the compatibility of God and science. He concludes with a powerful argument for the place of God, faith, and religion in today's world.--From publisher description.
A response to atheism by a prominent rabbi traces his struggles with faith throughout a battle with cancer, in a non-denominational guide that outlines a vision of religion informed by love and understanding.